Sunday, January 25, 2015

Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert
January 26, 2015
Isaiah 46:10  "Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish."

Recently, there was a long awaited sporting event attended by over a hundred thousand people and watched world-wide by millions.  It was a game I had been wanting to see for quite some time, but unfortunately I was needed at work.  I was unable to see it live.  Within minutes of the game's end, the final score was all over social media and many of my friends were having post game discussions.  It was inevitable that I learned the final score before I was able to watch the recorded version of the game.  I knew the outcome of the game, yet I wanted to see it anyway.  The whole while I was watching the previously recorded game, I could see the intensity on both sides of the line, each player wondering if their team would best the other.  As one team advanced, the other would work harder and change the score again.  I knew the final score, aware during each play whose dreams were going to be realized.  Several times during the game the tides would turn with angst intensifying the playing on the field.  Again, I knew the final outcome, so I was not stressed or worried for my team.  Even though they feared a loss, I still knew the final score.  I wasn't worried that they would win; there was no suspense for me.  I just watched as the players finally realized what I knew all along.  I actually found it silly to see the wonder and amazement on each face as the game came to a close.  Didn't they already know the final score, too?  There was no surprise in it for me; I knew the end at the beginning.

Sometimes you want things to be a surprise, like when you are watching a movie with a really good plot line or awaiting to open a present.  Those, pretty much, seem to be the only times we don't want the surprise spoiled.  In everything else, we want to know what's going to happen, in an effort to feel in control of our lives.  It's funny, though, we aren't told all the little details; they get to be a surprise.  As life unfolds, I find myself like the players on the field, fearing a loss and going through life with a huge degree of intensity, wondering if I am going to come out on top in every situation.  I bet the Lord sits back, with zero suspense in His heart, thinking it silly when I fear the outcome of a situation.  He knows the end at the beginning; He knows how everything unfolds, yet He still sees the angst on my face during the game.  He knows the final score; He knows the result of each play on the field before it even happens.  But He can see me running around, constantly wondering, fearing the outcome of my situations.

The Bible says very clearly that we aren't supposed to be afraid.  It is a theme woven all throughout the Lord's teaching.  He knows the end from the beginning; He knows how it will all play out.  It is with confidence in the outcome that He tells us not to be afraid.  But do we listen?  Nope!  The Lord has set His plans in motion and that includes the plans for your life and mine as they are intertwined into His Divine Design.  He knows the outcome of the situation you are dealing with, the one you are struggling to overcome.  He would have a few words for you today.  Relax and stop living in fear of the outcome.  The outcome has already happened; you simply get to come in to the realization of what the Father already knows.

Living in fear is a waste of energy.  Do your best and let the outcome happen as it is already written by the Lord.  Your life has been pre-recorded and the Lord is watching it, knowing full well the outcome.  He has seen the end, and guess what, you win!

Don't take my word for it; look it up:  Ps 33:11, Pr 19:21, Is 14:24, Is 41:4, Is 48:3, Acts 5:39, Acts 15:18

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