Before I formed you in the womb I knew you ... —Jeremiah 1:5

God has a plan for you. He has something in mind for you far better than anything that you could come up with. We call it the will of God. You will never do better than His will. Do not ever think you can upstage the will of God. The joy you will experience because you waited on Him is incomparable, because God loves to carry out His plan, as that vindicates Him.

You may say, "Well, He didn't do a very good job with me. I have emotional scars on my life; I had this happen to me when I was a child, and I wasn't treated very nice by my parents," and so on. God says, "I know about that. Do you think that I was looking the other way? I have fashioned you." (See Psalm 139:14.)

God wants to use you just as you are. God wants you to trust Him in all that has happened to you and fashioned you to make you who you are. He has an idea, and if you wait for Him, He will be vindicated, for He wants to show you what you mean to Him!

The Father's idea was that He would send His Son, the Lord of eternity, into the world, long before you and I were born, long before there was ever a church or man in the Garden of Eden. He determined it long before He created the sun, the moon, the stars.

Take note of this: God, who had an idea about His Son and what His Son should do, also has an idea about you and what you should do. It is carefully thought out. The very hairs on your head are numbered. And God loves you as though there were no one else to love. It is the same God who sent His Son into the world to say to us, "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you" (John 20:21).

Excerpted from Meekness and Majesty (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1992, 2000).

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