God's Plan

December 24, 2018
by Joel Jongkind

Sometimes, we make plans to do certain things, and then later, we change our minds. Sometimes, plans are made for us. For instance, this past autumn, I had problems with my left eye, which resulted in an operation on October 23rd. After the operation, I was given six weekly appointments for checkups. Some were on Wednesdays, and a couple were on Thursdays. I was not able to drive long distances, and as the hospital is some 220 kilometres away, various family members agreed to drive me. Our daughter offered to take me, but as Wednesday is her day off, a Thursday appointment was not convenient. So, for her to be able to take me, I asked to change the appointment from Thursday to Wednesday, which was done. The only reason for changing it at the time was to accommodate the drive down with our daughter.

Shortly thereafter, I received a call from the Meaford Long Term Care Centre to see if I could possibly lead a memorial service for those who had passed away during the previous months. The date was Thursday, the 8th of November, the day when I had been scheduled to go to the hospital. Afterwards, I realized that, unbeknownst to me, the date had been changed, not for us, as was my intention, but for the comfort of those whose family members or friends had passed away.

Quite often, we realize after a certain event that it was all God's plan.

Joseph and Mary could not possibly have had plans to go on a long journey when Mary was about to give birth to her first child. It was best to stay home where they were comfortable and where help was available. Then, they received the order to go to Bethlehem, their ancestral birthplace, for the census.

Luke 2:1 – In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (NIV)

Unbeknownst to Caesar and to Joseph and Mary, it was all in God's plan that they should be in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. There was a prophecy about to be fulfilled:

Micah 5:2 – But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. (NIV)

Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem — it was a decree which could not be ignored. God's promise was fulfilled indeed!

Luke 2:6-7 – While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (NIV)

Like Joseph and Mary, let us be open to the wonderful plans that God has for our lives! Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King!

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, as we celebrate the birth of Your Son Jesus, we thank You for the lessons that He taught, the people that He comforts, and the place that He has prepared for all of us who believe in Him as Saviour and Lord. We offer this prayer in His name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you Joel.


    May we do so, Joel. Merry Christmas.


    Thank you, Joel, for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2019. May you be healthy and happy.


    Amen Joel! Don’t you just love God’s orchestration of events!!!
    Merry Christmas.


    Merry Christmas Joel and family and thank you for a beautiful devotional.
    God bless.


    Thanks be to God for His plan of salvation and that He has a plan for each of our lives! Blessings.


    Dear Joel: Another thought that has come to me – the shepherds went to see
    the Lamb of God.


    Loved your devotional this morning. Just what I needed to hear and to be reminded of! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
    (Ont)


    Joel, I love the things you say. Thank you again for continuing to add so much to my morning Bible and prayer time. God bless you and all your loved ones.


    Dear Joel, Thank you for all your inspiring devotionals over the year.
    You have a very unique way of getting your message across. I hope your left eye is better. Merry Christmas and I am looking forward to many more wonderful devotionals.


    Great story
    I don’t know how many times that has happened to me.
    But one must discern with the eyes of the Spirit,.. as youi did.
    Thanks for sharing.


    Greetings Joel,
    Enjoyed your devotional this morning. Thank you for writing this. Yes, we have to be ever ready for the plans the Lord has for us. The Lord is good!
    Blessings to you as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
    (B.C.)


    Merry Christmas Joel,
    We find your prayer of wonderful reminder of Our Saviour’s love in coming as a baby, living and died for us, so we can live with Him for eternity.


    Dear Joel
    I didn’t know you had eye problems. I trust they have all been resolved.
    May you and Greta have a blessed and Merry Christmas, and all the best for the New Year.
    I am spending Christmas with my missionary friend.
    Blessings.


    Hi Pastor Joel,
    Thank you for your devotional “God’s Plan” and thank you for the following beautiful statement you wrote:
    “Like Joseph and Mary, let us be open to the wonderful plans that God has for our lives! Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King”
    So Very Well said! Amen!

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