Do you go through your days with a sense that your life is meaningful? Do you know why you are here? Are you confident of your purpose, your place, your function? The Bible completely answers these questions. What’s more, the Bible’s answers bring joy, love, hope and confidence. Please give this song a sing-along listen, then come back for a chat on how Jesus Christ makes our lives meaningful.
What on earth is going on?!?
Information overload, anyone?
We can all agree there is a lot of information and action around us. The question is, how can we understand what’s going on? Is it all just a lot of accidental chance and vibration taking us nowhere or is there some kind of intelligence driving things forward with plan and purpose and a final goal?
Years ago someone told me that there are only two basic starting points all people use to explain “What on earth is going on?!?” Everyone starts with one or the other of these two ideas — either:
1. God created man
2. Man created god
Pick one or the other, and then build your world from there.
Two schools of thought
Two schools of thought meet — and split — by believing or by rejecting Genesis 1:1 which says, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.”
The “God created man” group depends on getting answers from God’s revelation — through creation, through Scripture, through His Son Jesus Christ and through holy spirit.
The “Man created god” group depends for answers from what can be learned through the five senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching.
Usually, people who invest in understanding God’s revelation learn to see evidence of God’s plans and promises fulfilled through history and occurring in their lives each day, which feeds joy-filled hope for great things to come. They explain all the movement going on around them according to biblical ideas. This has worked for all kinds of people — young and ancient, beginners and seasoned seekers, brilliant and simple, great and small. Our Heavenly Father is a good father to all of His children. He made all of us to be able to enjoy lives full of meaning and purpose. He plans for us to live forever in a world that can beautifully support forever living.
It is from people who invest in understanding the world through their senses that we learn to evaluate what’s going on around us in terms of chance happenings, not intelligent design for a purposeful plan. They teach that time alone was cause enough to get us “from goo through the zoo to you”. They think it is a problem that there are so many “yous” roaming the earth so it would be smart to invest in real estate on Mars. And — since overpopulation is a reason to move to Mars, and since moving to Mars is difficult, these thinkers conclude it is a more realistic approach in the short term just to thin out the human herd. A quick review of history and current events illustrates ways this has been tried.
I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush. God’s creation — people — are awesomely and wonderfully made. Obviously not EVERY senses-only seeker has concluded that man created god. Not every human is so intellectually weak. For example, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle were arguably the brightest senses-learned humans that ever lived. They thought, reasoned, studied and observed brilliantly. They concluded there simply HAD to be some intelligent creative power beyond what man was capable of seeing or knowing through the five senses only. Of course most people have not done all the thinking work Socrates did. Many have tried to make their lives meaningful by applying their five-senses brains and energy to do worldly work based on the belief that man created god. All too often the results have been bad.
God’s plan and promise — our faith, hope and love
Our song runs with the biblical view of what’s been going on and where we are headed.
When times get tough and you feel like you just cannot win, remember the Gospel’s bright promise, part finished, part still to come.
Yes, the devil bruised Jesus’s heel. Jesus suffered greatly and died for us. But God raised him from the dead, and the victory was won.
Part of that promise is still future: Jesus will bruise the devil’s head. How big a disaster do you think that will be for the old serpent?
What a glorious day that will be!
What a glorious life is being prepared for those who accept the invitation, offered to all, rejected by some!
John 1 declares with joy that God has had this plan since the beginning, and it is still moving ahead. We have wonderful things to look forward to.
Let us take heart knowing our God is mighty and has delivered, will deliver and DOES deliver His people. We do well to stay close to HIM in good times and evil. God’s plan and promise is moving forward. Right now you and I get to help God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus Christ makes our lives meaningful. Let’s live big for the Lord!
God bless you lots!
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LYRICS: God’s Plan And Promise
Song by Dale Reichel (2018)
Before the earth spun, before moon or man
The Good Lord was clear on a marvelous plan
A beautiful world, no sorrow or care
Filled with people who want to be there
God’s plan and promise has always been paradise,
Offered to all, rejected by some.
God’s wishes all would come to His knowledge
And walk in His light ’til paradise comes.
Here is the setup, the Lord made a way
In which every person could say, “Yay” or “Nay”
To living forever in timeless life
Of beauty and wonder and love without strife
Before one can opt in, he first must be out.
I’ll tell you right now how that first came about
Old Adam was “in” the way God got him started
That first man was in, but that first man departed.
Though man’s fall was great, it didn’t ruin God’s plan
There was still cause for hope, but He’d need a new man
It seemed all was lost back there in the garden
But God saw it different, He was only just startin’
In the midst of this trouble, God promised for certain
The serpent was in for a serious hurtin’
Eve’s offspring would do it, but get bruised in the heel
He would fix things for good, he would seal the deal!
They couldn’t know it then, but we now know the cost
The amazing Lord Jesus paid to rescue the lost
If all Jesus went through can be called a “bruised heel”
Just think how the serpent’s bruised head’s gonna feel!
The times are a’changin’ but we’re still in this story
The train’s soon departing for paradise glory
Don’t you hear Jesus calling “All aboard!!!”
He rose from the dead, now make him your Lord!
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How do you think understanding God’s plan and promise could help someone? Please share your thoughts in the “Leave a reply” section.
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Greetings Mr Dale, I reread +your amazing sermon ,again, and I really went over your amazing song, it tells the beginning of OUR FATHER GOD’S PLAN, For us humans, straight through the ending, u wrote that song well, it was as if u were living it, and your sermon speaks well about who is incontrol, it’s certainty .. not us, because we don’t listen to well… we always manage to screw up something that is so simple… “LOVE”. ..OUR FATHER JESUS LOVED US SO MUCH ,HE DIED FOR OUR SINFUL SOULS, …..
OUR FATHER GOD, PLACE ADAM IN THE GARDEN OF PARADISE, HE GAVE HIM EVERYTHING HE NEEDED, DIDN’T HAVE TO WANT FOR NOTHING… Satan couldn’t stand that, he is so cunning, trying to mess up OUR FATHER ‘S PLAN, …. Looks like u told him, he doest stand a chance, sang it to him mr dale, tell him again, THE DEAL IS SEALED… I will stop now, because, u. told him..in your song, OUR FATHER GOD THROUGH OUR FATHER JESUS THROUGH OUR FATHER HOLY SPIRIT, HAS ALREADY WORKED IT OUT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE ENDING… ….your song tells all.. …BLESSINGS 🙏 UPON BLESSINGS GOES OUT TO U AND CATHY, ….MUCH BLESSINGS 🙏……
Julia, I was taught years ago that Jesus Christ is the subject of the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. He’s the “Red Thread” tying it all together. Neat! Thanks for your note and blessings! God bless you lots – Dale R.
It’s so lovely to hear this one again! Such a beautiful ballad! It’s humbling and awe-inspiring to think that God has loved us and planned for us to be part of His family for so very long! Thank you for gifting us with this song and post!
Sarah, thanks for your note. This was the fourth song I posted on MM, and I didn’t know how to add lyrics to the video then. So an update was due. Thanks for your kind words. It is indeed humbling – and encouraging – that God’s limitless love and ability is being applied to a wonderful plan for our lives. The best is yet ahead. Lovings! -D
Superb. Listening to this will become part of my soul prospering as in
111 John 2. Prove me now here with says the Lord of Hosts in Malachi and how god blessed Enoch in Genesis 26:12. We can reap doing our part of our SOULS prospering listening to God’s Word and spirit allowing Him to work in a time as the present. Not much different than Enoch in the chapter 26 record of Genesis. Again, just superb.
Thanks for your kind words and encouragement. I can imagine the fireworks in John’s mind when he penned the opening of his gospel. “GOD KNEW ALL THIS WOULD WORK OUT!!!” Exciting days ahead for God’s people. God bless you lots! – Dale
Mr, Dale, Mr Dale, Mr Dale, GLORY, GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH .OUR FATHER HOLY SPIRIT HAS REALLY COUNSEL U, ….U ARE SPEAKING AS IF U ARE BEING LEAD BY OUR FATHER THE HOLY SPIRIT …OUR FATHER JESUS IS REALLY USING U, ..THISE Words, That u have spoken of. had to come from. NOBODY BUT OUR FATHER, My Heart Has Really Been Touched By Your Sermon…..BLESSINGS ? UPON BLESSINGS ? Has Fallen Upon u, please never Stop “PRAISING OUR FATHER JESUS, AND YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME…BLESSINGS ? UPON BLESSINGS GOES OUT TO U AND ?… YOUR FAMILY AND. MUCH LOVE ?… GOES OUT TO U AND YOUR FAMILY. ALWAYS
Julia, Thanks for your kind words. I’m thankful the song and sermon blessed you! God bless you lots … – Dale R.
Love this song Dale?❤️!!
Marlys, thanks much! Glad you enjoyed it. I’m happy to soak up all the encouragement I can from God’s promises. He knows what He’s doing, and the days ahead will be very good for His people. God bless you lots! -Dale R.
I just love the sweetness of this song. <3 Bravo sir!
Aw, thanks. As you know, sometimes it is hard to sing all the way through. 🙂
BLESSINGS! – D
Another good one. I like the pictures and their captions too!
Thanks, Cathy. The pictures … my two favorite pictures/captions have to be the LION and the serpent, and, best one, the picture of Jesus. I had not seen that one before now.
God bless ya! -Dale