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A Father's plans

Posted by Brandon Patton on Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 8:53 AM

"The things that the Father has planned for those who love Him."

1 Corinthians 2:9

I can remember so clearly when I first found out that Katie and I were pregnant. (actually she would point out that we were not pregnant since only one of us carried the load!) I would sit and wonder about the future of this child as any loving father would do. I would dream of things we would do together. We would read together, fish and hunt together, enjoy family times together, laugh together. I was busy making all kind of plans for this child's future. Outdoors, education, recreation, faith, marriage (I am convinced that my friends in India are on to something with allowing the father to arrange the marriages of their children). Every good father desires for their children to prosper and do well in life. They plan for and are willing to pay any price necessary to guarantee the best life possible for the kids they love so much. Would you think that the Heavenly Father would do any less for you?  Actually the Bible tells us in Matthew 7 that our Heavenly Father is more committed to our well being and future than even the best of earthly fathers. "If you being evil compared to me will give good things to your children how much more will your Heavenly Father give good things to whose who ask?"   I promise you on the authority of scripture that you have a Father that broke Heaven's bank to be good to you and to give you what He calls "abundant life". More than anything in life I want His plans for me and my family. Nothing I can imagine could top His will. But, as many fathers have found out, no matter what they want to do for their children it requires the cooperation of the child to receive what a good father has planned. So it is with the Father above. He will not force His plans or will on me. I must agree to what He has planned. I have no idea what He has in mind but, I do know that His future is far above what I could come up with. He created the sunset, I can't sign my name legibly. Who can plan a better life? One simple prayer prayed daily from a sincere heart releases Him to do bring His plans to pass.

Father, thy will be done.

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