A Wonderful Plan for Men’s Lives?
By Katie Miller
Should we tell men that God has a wonderful life planned for them? (Pertaining to life in this world?).
God does not have a wonderful (easy and comfortable) plan for man, but He promises His children that He will bring them safely home, and in my opinion that is wonderful enough! True disciples of Christ suffer with Christ (Rom. 8:17). While on this earth we are sent fiery trials and tribulations which perfect us for glory. Therefore, we can rejoice always (Phil. 4:4) because our joy is found in the Lord (Neh 8:10) and we hope in Him (Rom. 15:13). This journey is not easy (Mt. 7:14), but great is our reward in heaven (Mt. 5:12)! For what we have in Christ is far better than anything this world has to offer. As far as the world goes, some may feel like life is wonderful here with lavish vacations, an abundance of riches, fancy cars, luxurious homes, feasts fit for kings, the “perfect” family, a great and busy social life, expensive clothes, shopping sprees, or with their successful job, and the list goes on. What we must know is that happiness cannot be found anywhere else other than in the Lord, for it is found ONLY in the Lord.
Not everyone will make it to heaven (like some think) because God’s love is NOT unconditional. It is our job as His creation to know Him and find out how to keep ourselves in the love of God (Jude 21). Hell is real. Therefore, God does not have a wonderful plan (eternally speaking) for the ones that reject His beloved Son, Jesus Christ (Mt. 10:33). Telling ones who reject or don’t know Christ yet that God has a wonderful plan for them or that He loves them (in their state) could give them a false sense of security. Instead, tell all men who Jesus Christ is and tell them what God is truly doing. Encourage fellow believers to keep enduring hardness (II Tim. 2:3) and convict the sinners to repent (Acts 3:19) and turn to Christ.