Confirmation Questions 12-22-13

My sermon this week came from Matthew 1:18-25. You can read it here.

Though the confirmation students are “on break” over the Christmas holidays, a few are still doing sermon notes just to keep on top of things.  A great question came out of this.

-Are the things that God plans for us always going to be good?
Great question. This likely came out of the statements that I made in which Joseph trusted that God was working in the midst of a really difficult situation. Likewise that God is always working in a specific direction. Creation and our reality is going somewhere and God is moving reality towards it.  Sometimes we are able to recognize and understand these movements but not always. Now in regards to the question of if God’s plans are always good for us, I would answer yes, they are always good…but that doesn’t mean that they are always easy. It also doesn’t mean that they are always going to seem like a positive thing when we experience it. We hear in Jeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This was God speaking to Jeremiah, and though God’s plans were good, Jeremiah’s life was not always easy. This speaks to the same situation that Joseph and Mary found themselves in once Mary was found to be pregnant. They faced difficult choices. The end results were good, but certainly not easy. Finally, we face the same sort of situation. God is still working, still moving reality towards the ultimate goal. We are effected by that work. Ultimately, it is for good, even in those instances when it doesn’t seem that way.

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