The Domino EffectBack to Today's Devotional
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Ever think to yourself, “Where is the joy and excitement in serving a God who is in total control?” I get it. It can be a crazy thought, that God has a plan and there is no way that we can get out of it. But I think this is beautiful.
Have you ever seen a YouTube video of dominos in action? I am not talking about the game of dominos; I am talking about when someone, or a team of people, take days or weeks lining up dominos in preparation for knocking them over into an amazing art display. I love seeing the mind of the artist in action. One day he or she sat down and drew up a plan to make our hearts skip a beat as each domino fell against its neighbor, all the while creating something beautiful.
It is amazing to be a part of something, isn’t it? I am sure that if we could interview one of those dominos before the event it would be a different story. It might be pretty upset to just be put there with 10,000 of its buddies, waiting to be knocked over. It all depends on your perspective. God’s perspective is different than ours.
Does it sometimes seem that your life is meaningless? Do you ever wonder if it will get better than it is right now? Or maybe you have gone through hard times, but now you can look back and see why God had you go through that period. Wherever you are in God’s plan, you can be sure that He has you. Before the foundation of the world, God had a plan. That plan would one day be your reality, but it was always a reality for Him. God is in our past, present, and future.
That is exactly where I want to be.
Questions for reflection and discussion: Take some time today and think about your life. Are you in the hard times? Are you on the other side of a painful situation, or are you about to enter into one? You can be sure of this: God has a purpose, and it is not always up to us to know what or why it is. He wants to do one thing . . . trust him.
This week's devotionals were written by Scott Murray, the Young Adults Pastor at Wheaton Bible Church. Married to Katie and father of four, Scott graduated from Phoenix Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Leadership.