For people who have accepted the gift of Jesus, that means seeking God’s will for their lives through carefully reading the Bible, praying (alone and with others) and attending church services.
Does this mean we’ve got it all figured out — that’s learning God’s plan is simply a matter of following an equation? Not even a little.
One of the things thoughtful Christians take very seriously is the truth that God is God. And we are NOT. God is, in many ways, a mystery. Indeed, a section of the Bible called ‘Isaiah’ says “I [God] don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that figuring out God’s plan is sometimes as easy as decyphering string theory. Frustrating? Sometimes, but careful Bible reading, praying, attending church and consulting knowledgeable, experienced people of faith can make the process easier.
So what about the graphic (found in an atheist Internet community) that inspired this essay? Is God’s plan for so many a life of starvation and early death? Absolutely NOT.
Let me go out on a limb and write that in some ways, starvation is humanity’s plan. What am I talking about? Consider this:
- Corrupt governments in developing nations are often far more interested in spending money on guns than on growing food.
- Stingy governments — and the citizens they represent — in well-off nations just don’t care about people far away (who should just suck it up and feed themselves, darn it!).
- Big business, which is beholden to shareholders, usually concentrates on sponsoring local charity runs and local community projects. In other words, helping people in well-off nations who are potential customers and/or shareholders.
All these things are certainly NOT part of God’s plan. Indeed, a case can be made that on a larger scale, the God that Christians believe in makes His plan crystal clear. In a section of the Bible called ‘Matthew’, Jesus tells anyone willing to listen that “Anything you refused to do for any of my people here, you refused to do for me.”
And because God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His only son (that fact is found in one of the four Bible accounts of Jesus’ life), that includes everyone who is starving.
You can be part of God’s plan, by welcoming Him into your life so you can learn what He has planned for YOU. Just accept the gift of His son. And if you’re serious about it, watch as things start to change. For the better.