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The God of Details

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by Dr. Chuck Baynard

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Ever had a day when nothing goes right, one of the so-called bad-hair days? Surely, all have had such days. However, how many of us realize that even in this God is present and working His plan of redemption? When was the last time you thanked God for all the aggravations life was tossing in front of you?

The story of Joseph shows to us in a very real way that even when man plans evil that god can and does take that evil and use it for good. Such is the power of a Sovereign God who orders all things to His glory and the good of His elect.

This story also shows to us many of the things we see in almost all human families. We should take some comfort in knowing that even the constant bickering between siblings is of God and in the end will be for Good. Now as Paul asks in another place, should we sin that grace may abound? God forbid!

The point here is that even that which we might consider insignificant is of God and that God who cares so much He has numbered the hairs of our heads is also the God of the details in life.

Denial of problems and not seeking the help to rectify them is a bad thing and to be avoided. Nonetheless, to know God is in control and refuse to let present circumstance sidetrack us is of God and the comfort we have in the sureness of God’s presence in all things. We live life in hope and joy. This is not denial; it is using the gift of faith from God to live life and that more abundantly.

The promise of abundant life is for today. It seems odd to me to use the word abundant for the eternal life we have in Christ where the streets are paved with gold and the doors made of pearls.

The promise of Christ to always be with us was not conditioned on circumstance. Let us then learn to thank God and praise Him in all things for indeed God inhabits the praise of His people.

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Dr. Baynard is an Associate Editor of the Christian Observer and Senior Pastor at Clover Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Clover, South Carolina

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