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HINDSIGHT...is 20/20, it is said. And for the most part, it is true. That is if we are even watching at all. Things are so much clearer after they have happened. The what, when, where, why and how are revealed. Well, maybe not always the why, although that is the most important question.
Joanne and I love Wheel of Fortune. Trying to solve the puzzle before the contestants is a kick. At first there are no letters, then some, and some more. At some point the solution becomes possible, maybe obvious. Many of the contestants are great at seeing it quickly. When they solve it, and you then see the answer, you think, it should have been obvious.
But there are so many things you face in life that are like these puzzles. Most times, you have limited information. We live in time and space and for the most part we are looking forward not fully certain of what lies ahead. As a believer in Christ, that is where faith comes in. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). So, as limited creatures, faith becomes our radar in a cloudy sky. It allows you to see the unseen and to manage the trials of life with confidence.
This past week, a pastor shared an eye-opening thought. While we look forward, God looks backward. What? God views your life from the end to the beginning. Your life script has been written in advance.

“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Ps. 139:16) His plan for you is to be glorified in Christ. How He gets you there is another thing. See, God’s hindsight is perfect because he has already seen the end.

Everything you as a believer encounter and experience has already been ordained. We are secure because he has the ability to maneuver you to your eternal destination. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”(Rom. 8:28). God is able to work out his purpose for your life; even the trials, failures, rebellions, whatever. Why? Because He is directing you through them. He knew they were going to happen, so he made provision for you. What security! It doesn’t say all works out good, but for your good.
When Jesus was confronted with his impending crucifixion, the disciples suggested other possibilities. Jesus replied, “but for this purpose I came to this hour” (Jn. 12:27). There is nothing so powerful as knowing that all the circumstances you face, even the difficult ones, are all part of a divine plan to help you accomplish your purpose. The word purpose is the Greek ‘prothesis’. Literally translated, it means “before place”. That means when God chooses you and destines your life, he starts at the end and works back toward the beginning.
Isa. 46:9-10 is helpful. “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure'”.
This verse means that when you were born, God had already designed your life from “end to beginning” and included everything that was destined to happen to you. He divinely orchestrated it all to work from the beginning to the end to assist you in fulfilling your purpose, your “before place”. It was prepared for you before you were born.
When you love God and are the called, you can rest in the knowledge that you will never face anything in your life that God has not already examined and determined will assist you in accomplishing your purpose.
Is this not a profound life changing truth? I think I knew this, sorta, but when taken in this context, it opened my eyes to another level. This does not mean that you simply go out and live recklessly, throwing caution to the wind as this would be contrary to countless other scriptures. But it does give you a new boldness to live your life in Christ purposefully and courageously, not fear-filled. Daniel in the lion’s den and his three buddies in the fiery furnace immediately come to mind. Missionaries across the world for centuries in hard places; the Apostles and their life struggles after Jesus ascended.
God’s purposes and plans for eternity are going to be accomplished. And your earthly and eternal purpose is assured. What do you think?

Are you ready to go in this truth and live courageously and victoriously?   By the grace of God, I plan to!
Copyright 2017
Bill C. Dotson
Scriptures taken from the NKJV
The italicized text was taken directly from ‘The Power of Knowing Why’ by Mike Hayes.

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