When God Made You
One of Our Inspirational Devotions
photo courtesy of Godo-Godaj
When God made you what was he thinking? The other day I was considering why God made me who I am. Have you ever wondered that? I am personally convinced that when God formed you and me
he had a plan
in mind. None of us is the leading character in the story of our life.
In 1966 John and Donna Bechtel were sent to Hong Kong as missionaries. They were assigned to work with young people. Bechtel soon learned from the government officials that they were having trouble with their young people and they didn't know what to do. John tried to get land on which to build a youth camp. He had an ideal property offered, but the cost was $240,000. However, he had trouble raising the funds needed.
The final discouragement was a letter from an influential businessman who wrote, "Dear John, O how I hate to write you this letter. I was not able to raise any money for the camp."
John's heart sank, but he kept reading. "P.S. Enclosed, please find a letter from a 14-year-old girl named Belinda Holmes." Her letter read, "Dear Mr. Bechtel, Here is my ice cream money for two weeks. Please use this one dollar to buy the camp."
John Bechtel showed the letter to the head of the organization that owned the property and said, "We have the money to buy the camp-read this letter." The man was so moved by the girl's letter that he sent it to his board in the United States. They voted to sell the property for $1.00.
Suen Douh Camp (Preach the Gospel Camp) was purchased for $1.00.
Since its inception in 1971, 1.2 million young people have attended and 116,000 have accepted Jesus as their Savior.
Recognizing God’s Hand
There comes a time when we begin to notice God’s providential leading. It is God’s intervention in our lives that reminds us that He is the leading character. The things that happen in your life are things God allows for a reason. God never makes mistakes. In the various spiritual books I’ve read on the subject of God’s guidance, there are five recurring themes that I have discovered:
God is always reliable, but never predictable.
God brought me to this place. This is God’s appointment.
God will give me the grace to behave as His child. His love is sufficient.
God is refining me. In the end this trial will turn into a blessing.
God will bring me out in his time. He alone knows when and how.
When God made you he had a plan
No man has any say about the time or the place of his birth. The Bible teaches that God determines that without consulting us (Acts 17:26).
Have you ever considered that God is behind everything that is happening in your life - from birth to death?
Are you aware that God is leading you right now? Ask him to make his plan clearer.
Trust his timetable. Credit God with knowing what he is doing. None of us is the leading character in the story of our life.
photo courtesy of J.Elliott
Discussion questions for your Sunday School Class or small group
1. How have you seen that God has a plan for your life?
2. How does this truth encourage you?
3. How can you learn to trust God's plan more?
Author: Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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