Lifelines: God doesn’t make short-term plans
by By BETTIE MARLOWE Banner Staff Writer
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This riddle, which was given to me by Hilda Sutton, illustrates my point.

And if you know the answer, you’ll understand what I mean when I say “God doesn’t make short-term plans.”

And aren’t you glad that His plans include you?

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

Adam, God made out of dust;

(But he) Thought it best to make me first.

So I was made before man

To answer God’s Holy plan.

A living being I became

And Adam gave me my name;

I from his presence withdrew

And more of Adam never knew.

I did my Maker’s law obey

Nor ever went from it astray;

Thousands of miles I go in fear

But seldom on earth do appear.

For a purpose wise which God did set,

He put a living soul in me

A soul from me God did claim

And took from me the soul again.

So when from me the soul had fled,

I was the same as when first I was made;

And without hands, feet or soul

I travel from pole to pole

To labor hard by day, by night

To fallen man I give great light.

Thousands of people young and old

Will by my death great light behold

No wrong or right can I conceive

The Scripture I cannot believe;

Although my name therein is found

They are to me an empty sound.

No fear of death doth trouble me,

Real happiness I will never see;

To heaven I shall never go

Or to Hell that is below;

Now when these lines you slowly read,

Go search our Bible with all your speed,

For that my name is written there

I do honestly to you declare.

There may be times when we can’t understand the formulation of His plans for us. The present situation may be hard to accept, much less to be thankful for.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV).

That’s where trusting God really comes into play. It’s more than singing the song, “Trust and Obey,” with thoughts of the blessings which come from obedience to the Word.

In reading Hebrews 11, we see heroes of faith — Abraham, Sarah, Noah, Moses, Jacob, Joseph and others. But their faith did not lead them through easy paths to great rewards. The chapter also talks about their suffering and sacrifice in obeying. They trusted in God’s plans for their lives.

That’s what we, as His children, must do, also. God has us in His plans. Let’s give thanks that His thoughts concerning us will bring us to the place He wants us to be.