BlogFam, I pray that you have been enjoying our Musical Term Series. Today is a good day to share with you, just in case you have not yet caught on, I am following the alphabet as I am led to choose each term daily. So far, we have completed letters A – H and today we are on the letter “I.” But you, my friends, are so smart, I am sure that you had caught on to that. :-)
*The Impromptu Paradox*
Musical Term of the Day:
impromptu - a piece that suggests improvisation, that has a feeling of informality. Made or done without previous preparation
“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.”
There are many things that we know and can rest assured in because we read them in the Word of God. We stand on the promises of God in the Word of God because we find stability, encouragement, and strength from the words of the ONE who is the SAME yesterday, today, and forevermore. Besides, as one local pastor would say – God said it. That settles it – whether I believe it or not. Furthermore, whether we want to admit it or not, deep down, I believe that most of us like to know that there is a power beyond ourselves that is settled. In a world of variable values, rocky relationships, polluted politics and shifting standards, we like to know that there is at least ONE force in our lives that will never change.
For example, I know this may not be the same for everybody, but there is one thing I know about my family. I KNOW I can always go home! I have said this on many occasions to others and to myself – My mama keeps a bed ready for anyone of her children to come home ANYTIME. That is settled. That gives me a sense of stability and is a source of strength to know that I am always welcome at home. What about you? If not your parent’s home, where or who represents that for you?
At the same time, I know that there are limitations to the safety and security that my earthly parents can provide simply because they are human, like me. So, beyond their love and care and concern, there is ONE who miraculously can provide this great hope for all of us –around the world. I do not completely understand how God is able to wipe all of our tears away or be a shelter in the time of storm for all of us at the same time. I do not fully understand God’s universal ministry and have no idea how God is able to handle it all but I KNOW that God can. One way I KNOW this is through the Living Word of God, and not one promise will return void that is declared within its pages.
Now, as much assurance as I have in the Word of God and the Work of God in my life, I will admit that there are times when I feel like I am caught off guard or like I have not properly planned for certain events in my life. I do believe that we can plan and pray, and pray and plan but then people do not show up or the car tire is flat or you ran out of sugar and the situation is just different from when you began. The moment calls for us to do whatever we need to do without the previous preparation we would have made had we known that these random variables would now be in the equation. Has this ever been your experience? Have you ever had to do some impromptu praying, planning, or preparation? Have you ever had to improvise because there are now – in the moment – changed circumstances that were not previously accounted for?
If you have or if you have not, Friends, I want you to know that this is so characteristic of life – in particular, for those who believe. I have often said that there is ALWAYS something upon which we must depend upon God for so there is ALWAYS a reason to pray. For those of us who strive to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and lean not unto our own understanding AND for those of us who acknowledge the Lord in all of our ways so that the Lord can direct our path, I want you to know that there is an Impromptu Paradox that is typical of our lives.
My friends, I invite you to think through this paradox with me. The Impromptu Paradox is an unavoidable and inescapable reality of those who believe. IMPROMPTU suggests improvisation, to be made or done without previous planning and PARADOX is a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth. So, what I am suggesting as it relates to the lives of people of faith is this: When we place our trust in God and strive to please God through the spiritual practices which we feel draw us closer to God and express our devotion to God, there is a blessed assurance we sense through this Holy exchange. However, the omniscience of the Almighty will never be attained to the extent that that which has been revealed to us in that Holy exchange will be a full disclosure of what has been, what is, or what is to come. Thus, even after divine revelation we walk in the Impromptu Paradox that while God KNOWS everything in advance of time, we will have moments – even after prayerful preparation and revelation, that we must continue to be faithful as we improvise in our response to that which is unexpected, unanticipated, to that which has not yet been fully disclosed.
Therefore, I repeat: there are many things that we know and can rest assured in because we read them in the Word of God. We stand on the promises of God in the Word of God because we find stability, encouragement, and strength from the words of the ONE who is the SAME yesterday, today, and forevermore.
“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.”
The Impromptu Paradox is grounded in the truth that GOD KNOWS. While we may seek to know, there will always be something for which we have to go to God in prayer. AFTER our heavenly revelation about our particular situation, there will be an aspect of every situation that will demand an impromptu response by faith to a variable which was already KNOWN by the Lord.
Friends, the blessing of this oftentimes unwelcome reality, is this:
“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.”
GOD KNOWS and what may have been unexpected, unanticipated, that which has not yet been fully disclosed to us was already KNOWN by God before time began. GOD KNOWS.
BlogFam, I do not at all mean to suggest that God’s revelation to us is self-contradictory or absurd; but I do want us all to accept that the truth that the knowledge that God wisely chooses to disclose to us is not ALL there is to know. God leaves room for us to engage in impromptu prayer, impromptu praise, impromptu worship, impromptu service to others, impromptu acts of faith that reveal our continued trust in the One whose wisdom exceeds our own and who knows why the unexpected, the unanticipated, the unwelcomed surprises are necessary for our growth and witness to the world. For as we live in the Impromptu Paradox that is characteristic of the lives of all believers, we must remain faithful witnesses to the world that GOD KNOWS the plans and that which has not yet been disclosed is already known and that which surprises can give us hope, prosperity, and peace.
BlogFam, Be Encouraged. GOD KNOWS.
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