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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Universal Life Church

By Scott Phillips
God's Plan Preceded His Word

Today as I read through the scripture and pondered the meaning of it, something that is quite simple, but at the moment seemed profound occurred to me.

In Proverbs 8:22 wisdom speaking,

"The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old".

It occurred to me that before the Lord spoke he worked out the plan. Much like an architect would draw and detail a plan before a shovel of dirt is turned.

Before a survey is taken, before a grade is made, before a pad can be laid, there is a necessity the need for a plan. The plan proceeds the building.

God's plan proceeded his word. When he begin to construct the earth, he already had the plan. When he spoke in generalities of fowl and fish, he had already planned what types there would be. He simply referred to his plan and when he spoke! he word , the plan was created.

Each star and it's position, each planet and it's orbit each and everything had been designed and at that point of the completion of design and the plan, God begin to speak.

What did God do before the beginning? Could it be that he was thinking about what he would do? Thinking about what he would create?

Each worm and weevil, each beetle and bug, each bird and beast he saw living and flying and doing a specific purpose... all before the Word was spoke?

When he finished speaking, he created not just the immediate creation, but inside each there was seed. And inside each of these seeds held the destiny of all that was to come.

You and I lay in the DNA of Adam and Eve. In the seed of Adam and in the fruit of Eve, we were there walking with God unaware of our existence, yet we existed, the material of what we are existed there.

And before we were in the loins of Adam and the womb of eve, we existed in the mind of God.

When did God form you? Oh I know you have a birthday and we can through a little math determine about your conception... but was that really where you were conceived? Or was it on some eternal morning when God saw your eventual existence and planned the grace you would need to answer his call of destiny?

If you consider the nature of God that we see painted out in scripture, we know that God did not just on a whim do a thing. But forethought and unsearchable wisdom was brought to bear to create what we are now a part of.

It is not a question of what came first the chicken or the egg. It is not really a matter of if it were a plan or a word. It is really just recognizing the nature of God and then just trying to imagine wh! at Joy G od must have had on the day he designed creation.

A butterfly with its colorful wings and amazing life span and at the same time similar process that produces a moth.

In the same environment a quick fox and a slow sloth.

And then there is you and there is me.

If he could plan it all, and then give it all life with his Word all of a sudden life and you have fresh meaning. God saw the day you would live and all that you need to succeed and flourish is within your reach and just within your grasp.

He placed an instinct in us all. We thirst for the water we need to live, but we must drink. He placed with in us a hunger for the food we must eat, but we must eat. He placed within you a desire that is in the innermost part of you that is more like God than anything. The desire is not met with water or food, but fellowship with the divine.

But you must step into that place of faith to enjoy the virtue of his presence. When I step in his presence I make room for his plan and word to be realized in fullness in my life.

In His Presence there is fullness of Joy!

In Him, By Him, Through Him,

Scott Phillips

Prov 8:22-31

22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

2! 7 When h e prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.


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