God’s Perfect Plan

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

While meditating on the Easter message of how God gave his son, Jesus, up on the cross of Calvary to save mankind from our sins, I thought about multiple things. One I’ll share here.

Sometimes we are called to surrender our loved ones to God’s plan, when that plan may not seem like the best plan to us.

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “There will be hell to pay…” I never quite understood that phrase but knew it sounded dreadful, so I looked it up. It means “great trouble”. As in, Jesus’ great love for us and his obedience to the will of his Father caused great trouble, or hell to pay, when he bore God’s cup of wrath on his perfect sinless body so we, in all our sinfulness, wouldn’t have to.

In Andrew Peterson’s “The Chasing Song” one line is seared into my brain. He chased my sin to Calvary and he caught it on that hill.

Jesus paid hell to release us from Satan’s clutches.

God allowed his blessed son to endure the unimaginable. He gave Jesus up to the cross when that probably did not seem like the best plan to his disciples.

But thanks be to God for the sacrifice and resurrection! Major fist pump, here.

Often times as parents we might be hesitant to release our children to God’s perfect plan for their lives. Although we love them deeply, we need to realize God loves them more.

In thinking of Jesus, our Sacrificial Lamb who saves those covered by his blood, I thought of the Israelites in Egypt. I thought about the passover lamb whose blood spared those under it when the Death Angel passed over.

As is my way, I followed those thoughts and they led me to Jocebed, Moses’ mother. She knew God had a plan for his people, but didn’t know what that plan was.

When her son, Moses, was born I am positive it caused her great trouble to put her 3-month-old baby in a papyrus basket and place him along the reeds in the crocodile infested waters of the Nile River.

Jocebed’s love for her son left him in God’s loving hands. Not an easy task at times.

Has God called you to release someone precious to you so he can work in that person’s life to complete his perfect plan in and through them? Has God asked you to give them up to his loving heart? Is the releasing process causing you great trouble?

When asked to place our child in a papyrus basket, set it in a crocodile infested river, and leave him or her to the Father’s care, we can take heart and rest confidently in the fact God loves our children more than we ever could.

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About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. Exodus 2:1-3 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Glory Hallelujah He Reigns!!!

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Tomorrow is the day celebrated as Good Friday. The day God’s son, Jesus the Christ, willingly laid his life on the cross of Calvary to save sinners like me, like you, from a world of darkness at the hand of Satan.

No one took Jesus’ life from him. He gave it up. He took the sins of the world upon his perfect, sinless self to save us from the wrath we so deserve from his Father, God, the Righteous Judge. Jesus suffered so we wouldn’t have to.

bing imagesIt has been said it wasn’t nails that held Jesus to the cross. No. It was his love for us.

Jesus paid the price we owed for our sins but could never pay. In return for his gift of grace, he asks us to believe and confess he is God’s son, the Savior who died for us and is preparing a place for us to live with him eternally in heaven. When we truly believe and trust he is our Lord and Savior, we’ll repent, turn from our sins, and follow the life Jesus wants for us. We’ll go and tell others so they can believe, too.

That Friday all those years ago, did not seem very good at all until Resurrection Sunday dawned, and the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid was empty. Just as he foretold, he rose to life again.

Death could not hold him. Satan could not hold him. Our sin could not hold him. And hell bing imagesitself could not hold him.

Glory Hallelujah He Reigns now and forever! And because Christ reigns, all the powers of hell itself tremble. For they know their defeat is sure.

Praise God!

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With a loud cry Jesus died. The curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The army officer who was standing there in front of the cross saw how Jesus had died. “This man was really the Son of God!” he said. Mark 15:37-39 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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