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Nothing Will Thwart His Purpose

“The sovereign God sees to it that nothing that happens in this world, nothing that either lost or saved people can do, will thwart His purpose. He is in total control of the story He is telling. He is the unthwartable God.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “What Does It Mean to Say God Is Sovereign?,” pg 205

Questions for Reflection:
• What stirs in your heart today at the thought that God’s purposes cannot be thwarted?
• Take some time to share that with Him and to ask Him to clarify how you can embrace your part in the story He’s telling.

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Architect Of Eternal Beauty

“Even the wrath of man, energized by our flesh, directed by hell’s wisdom, and approved by the world, will further God’s eternal purpose to reveal Himself above all else as worthy of praise. His worthiness does not center in a commitment to our immediately felt well-being. The world, the flesh, and the devil are allowed to have their influence on our lives. But He continues to reveal Himself as the source and architect of eternal beauty available nowhere else, the beauty of perfect love in action during good times and hard. His activity, the whole of history, unfailingly furthers the ‘purpose of his will, to the praise of His glorious grace’ in saving sinners such as me (Eph. 1:5-6 ESV).”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “What Does It Mean to Say God Is Sovereign?,” pg 205

Questions for Reflection:
• During the times when it feels like evil—in your own heart, in your circumstances and/or in the world at large—is winning, do you draw near to God or retreat from Him?
• What deliberate choices of trust and openness to Him are you being invited to make today?
• Since the ultimate act of evil, injustice and defeat—the crucifixion of Jesus—resulted in God’s triumph of redemption for us, what does living in hope look like today for you amid the battle with darkness that you are facing?

Always Up To Something

“God is always active, always up to something good.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “What Does It Mean to Say God Is Sovereign?,” pg 205

Questions for Reflection:
• As you look back on the year that has come to a close, and look ahead to 2019, how does your heart respond to the reminder that God is actively at work for good?
• What makes it either difficult or simple to believe this?
• Is it easier to believe this is true for others, but not for you?
• If so, why?
• Take some time today to offer God your open hands to what He is doing, trusting that He is at work for good on your behalf.

To Reveal His Holy Love

“God is free to do whatever He wishes. In His loving wisdom, He sovereignly chooses to advance the story He is telling in any way He sees fit. Sometimes His pure ways make no sense to our impure minds. But we are always the benefactors as He realizes His ultimate purpose to glorify Himself, to reveal His holy love in all His activity.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “What Does It Mean to Say God Is Sovereign?,” pg 204

Questions for Reflection:
• What discrepancies were there between your plans for the holidays and their reality?
•Amid human frailty and failure, how can trusting that God is always acting in love offer you peace when life doesn’t match your hopes?

Divine Love On Display

“Adam’s failure did not surprise God. Neither does mine. He knew both were coming. And He was prepared with a plan to put divine love on display for all to see. God knows the future and has a beginning-to-the-end plan that unfolds in all that happens.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “What Does It Mean to Say God is Sovereign?” pg 204

Questions for Reflection:
• As Advent reminds us of God’s answer, expressed in Jesus, to our problem of selfishness and our need for salvation, what failure of your own or of someone else is He inviting you to entrust to His redemptive plan?
• What opportunities can you embrace today to join Him in putting His divine love on display?
• Since God is never caught off-guard by human sin and is always at work to redeem, what circumstance or relational conflict is He asking you to entrust to Him so that you can experience His rest?

“I Will Never Stop Doing You Good”

“The name of Jesus does not belong at the top of my list of cherished friends. It belongs on a page by itself.

No name compares with His. He is never a best friend among others. In all things, He stands apart, high and lifted up above every other friend and above every other source of pleasure. When He said, ‘I will never stop doing you good,’ He meant it. He delights in doing His people good (Jeremiah 32:40-41).”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, “A Dream Come True,” pg 171

Questions for Reflection:
• Take some time today to consider what Jesus’ coming meant for Him, in order for Him to share His life with us.
• In what ways can you share His life with others, by delighting in doing them good?

Joy Depends On Future Hope

“If you could see right now what is happening in the unseen world, you would be filled with hope….

The hope I provide anchors a weary, empty, troubled soul in My plan. Beneath the difficult feelings, hope encourages by giving you reason to persevere with the joy of anticipation. Happiness depends on present blessing, which I do not guarantee. Joy depends on future hope, which I do guarantee.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, “Zechariah,” pg 183

Questions for Reflection:
• What circumstances in your life do you need to look at with the perspective that there is a greater hope and glory at work than you can currently see?
• In this busy season, how are you preserving times of stillness to let the hope God has provided for us in Jesus anchor your heart?
• In what ways can this season of Advent become a gift you offer back to Jesus?