Have you ever planned something for your spouse or significant other that you were just so excited and so proud of? Perhaps a gift, or vacation, or experience of some sort? This summer I took my wife to the dessert shop that I took her to on our first “friend date” (I call it that because at the time I thought it was for sure a date and then we ultimately ended up staying friends). I was incredibly excited knowing that she was going to be so surprised! It was exhilarating. Being intentional about our relationships always brings us such great joy in life, right?
Planning and intentionality is an amazing way to show your loved ones that they truly matter to you.
People often ask “If God has foreknowledge, why would he let humans do all of this just to have to send a savior?”
I believe that Jesus dying for our sins was not an afterthought. I believe God loves us so extravagantly that He determined before He ever started, that He would create man, give him free will to choose as he pleases knowing that many would not, and then give of himself in the form of his Son, Jesus as a sacrifice to atone for our mistakes. He would do all this simply to demonstrate his love, to mankind with true intentionality.
As I mentioned yesterday, you don’t foreshadow something for hundreds of years through a huge handful of prophets if it’s an afterthought, or a response to our failure.
“But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.” Acts 2:23-24
During this season let’s take a minute to remember how intentional God was and is with us. The busyness of the holidays and the chaos of shopping can really make time fly by and before you know it, it will be over. So take some time to be intentional with God, family and friends.