“A Wonderful Purpose” ( Isaiah 25: 1, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“O Lord, Thou are my God; I exalt Thee and praise Thy Name; for Thou accomplish a wonderful purpose, certain and sure, from of old.”

 

“[God] makes known His hidden purpose — such is His will and pleasure determined beforehand in Christ — to be put into effect when the time is ripe: namely, that the universe, all in heaven and earth, might be brought into a unity in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:9-10) “Through [Christ] God chooses to reconcile the whole universe to Himself, making peace through the shedding of His blood upon the cross — to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, through Him alone.” (Colossians 1:20)

 

“The Lord is to be trusted, and He fortifies you and guards you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

 

Jesus says, “Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always; trust also in Me. There are many dwelling places in My Father’s house; if it were not so I should have told you; for I Am going there on purpose to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I shall come again and receive you to Myself, so that where I Am you may be also; and My way there is known to you.” (John 14:1-5)

 

Then, Jesus says: “I Am the way; I Am the truth and I Am life; no one comes to the Father except by Me.” (John 14:6)

“No Fear In Love Perfected” (Joshua 1: 9, ESV) by Carley Evans


God commands us to be brave because He “is with [us] wherever [we] go.” We are commanded by Him not to “be dismayed,” not to “be frightened.” Instead, we are to “be strong and courageous.”

Jesus tells His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John 14: 1) He tells them, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14: 27)

David tells Solomon, his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28: 20)

Nebuechadnezzar asks Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, “And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” (Daniel 3: 15) They say they have no need to answer him, yet state that “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand.” (Daniel 3: 17) Of course, God does indeed deliver these three young men from Nebuechadnezzar, a man who comes to recognize that “there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” (Daniel 3: 29)

The author of 1 John writes, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loves us.” (1 John 4: 18 – 19)

“The Torn Curtain” (1 Corinthians 2: 9, ESV) by Carley Evans


God reveals what He has prepared for us, who love Him, through His Holy Spirit. “For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” (1 Corinthians 2: 10)

The Spirit testifies with our spirits that “we are the children of God.” (Romans 8: 16) As children of God, we are “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.” (Romans 8: 17) The Holy Spirit also “intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…according to the will of God.” (Romans 8: 26, 27)

What God prepares for us is our transformation — that we “be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8: 29) Jesus says to His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I Am you may be also.” (John 14: 1 – 3)

God swears that we are “heirs of the promise.” (Hebrews 6: 17) He takes an oath that His purpose is unchangeable. God Himself gives us “strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” (Hebrews 6: 18) Remember that “it is impossible for God to lie.” (Hebrews 6: 18) “Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6: 20) The curtain between us and the Holy Place of God the Father has been torn, and Jesus has entered for us. There He awaits His bride, which is you and me — the children of God.

“Trust Me; I Do Not Lie” (John 14: 1 – 3, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus tells us not to be troubled. In His Father’s house are many rooms. Jesus makes each room ready for one of His brothers or sisters, for one of His Father’s children. Where He is, we will be eventually. Jesus says that if this were not true, He would not say it.

Jesus promises that He will come back to “take [us] to [Himself].”

Therefore, we are not to worry. No fretting is allowed. Instead, Jesus commands us to believe in God, and to also believe in Him. ‘Trust Me,’ says Jesus. ‘I do not lie.’

” ‘And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?’ ” (Luke 11: 9 – 12)

Jesus reminds us that He is good; and He gives only good gifts. ‘Trust Me,’ says Jesus. ‘I do not lie.’