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God Always Has A Plan

 

Sin separates

  • Separates us from God and each other

This happened in the Beginning

  • Adam and Eve sin
  • They hide from one another
  • Hide from God

 

Because of sin It’s not COME AND SEE

  • It’s GO AND HIDE

 

Still happening today

  • Sin separating families
  • Spouses
  • Church members

 

Same Problem, different day

 

To understand the Magnitude of the fix, you must understand the magnitude of the problem

  • Being angry at cost of a  new engine for your car
  • Not just a few hoses and wires
  • It’s a big deal

 

Sin is a big problem

  • Not a new one, but a big one

COME AND SEE

  • Most of the first followers of Jesus  saw him because someone said – Come and See

 

We often misunderstand the fix he brought, because we misunderstand the problem of our world

  • Because we are often THE PROBLEM

 

Because we misunderstand, we are prone to not trusting

  • That it will be fixed
  • That God has a plan
  • That better things are ahead
  • That all will be made right

 

God’s Always has a plan

  • For this moment
  • For your life
  • for your children
  • For the world

God’s plan WILL come to pass

  • But we each have the option to take part or not

 

But we have a problem with trusting God’s plan

  • Two specific things

 

Trouble Trusting…

His Timing

His Process

 

Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Isaiah

Prophet 700 years before Jesus

Israel had turned its back on God

God Called Isaiah to prophesy about coming destruction/exile

 

Separation is a form of exile:

 

Exile:

The state or a period of forced absence from one’s country or home

 

After Isaiah Dies, his prophecies come true

  • Israel is conquered by the Babylonians and eventually the Persians
  • Removed from their promised home
  • Removed from the temple (destroyed)

 

Exiled – Separated

  • From God and from each other

 

To understand the Magnitude of the fix, you must understand the magnitude of the problem

 

God Always Has A Plan

 

Must First…

Trusting His Timing

Romans 5:6

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

 

Isaiah did not see the exile nor did he see the future promise

  • He trusted God in his timing
  • He kept warning people hoping they would turn back to God

 

The reason we struggle with trusting God’s timing is we want validation NOW

 

We usually think

If we have to wait, it’s not worth it

  • Have gotten out of line before because wait too long

 

But waiting is a spiritual discipline we MUST learn

  • We must learn to TRUST

God’s timing is PERFECT

  • His plans never fail
  • He is never late but he is never early

Do we trust God enough to believe he will do what he has promised ever if we don’t see it with our own eyes?
God always has a plan

  • And we must trust His timing

We must also…

Trust His Process

The results of His decisions and how he does them

 

Fast forward 150 years after Isaiah

  • The people of Israel are under foreign power (Never ruled themselves until 1948!)
  • The exile came true

 

The students of Isaiah kept much of his teachings/prophecy and structured them into the second half of the book

 

They began to wonder…

  • When will God redeem us?
  • When will he set us free?

 

What did they think their problem was?

  • Their Enemies (Babylon, Persia, Rome)

 

To fix this problem, they need a strongman

  • A warrior
  • A general
  • A fighter

 

Someone who could get them out of the mess…

 

But what was their REAL problem?

  • What sent them into exile in the first place
  • What has separated them from God?

 

Their sin

  • Sin was/is the problem

Because Sin Separates

 

So instead of a fighter, God gave a promise to send someone else…

Someone Called “The suffering Servant”

 

Isaiah 52

13 See, my servant will be successful; he will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.

14 Just as many were appalled at you—his appearance was so disfigured that he did not look like a man, and his form did not resemble a human being— 15 so he will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of him, for they will see what had not been told them, and they will understand what they had not heard.

Isaiah 53

Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at him, no appearance that we should desire him.

3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; he was despised, and we didn’t value him.

4 Yet he himself bore our sicknesses, and he carried our pains; but we in turn regarded him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds.

6 We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished him for the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth.

8 He was taken away because of oppression and judgment, and who considered his fate? For he was cut off from the land of the living; he was struck because of my people’s rebellion

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, but he was with a rich man at his death, because he had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully.

10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush him severely. When you make him a guilt offering, he will see his seed, he will prolong his days, and by his hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.

11 After his anguish, he will see light and be satisfied. By his knowledge, my righteous servant will justify many, and he will carry their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him the many as a portion, and he will receive[i] the mighty as spoil, because he willingly submitted to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet he bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.

 

God ALWAYS has a plan

  • That plan included sending Jesus,

 

John 3:16

For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
The people wanted a fighter, but what they really needed was a savior

The problem wasn’t the Babylonians, Persians, or Romans

It was their own hearts

Its been the same problem since the beginning
To understand the Magnitude of the fix, you must understand the magnitude of the problem

 

The same goes for us

We need a savior

 

We need to trust the processes God uses in our life because he knows what we TRULY need

  • Trust His provision for you
  • Trust His placement in life for you
  • Trust in the “No’s” as much as the “Yes’s”

 

God Always Has a plan

  • For the world
  • For salvation
  • For the nations
  • For you
  • For me

 

Trust His Timing

Trust His Process

To understand the Magnitude of the fix, you must understand the magnitude of the problem

God always has a plan

  • His plan can be trusted
  • His plan is worth waiting on
  • His Process are for our good

 

  • Trust Him with the plan
  • Trust IN His plan
  • Trust Him with YOUR LIFE

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