God has unimaginable plans for you.
In Joshua 2 we read of Rahab, a prostitute living in Jericho, a city God about to be destroyed by Joshua and the Israelites when they crossed the Jordan to take the land of Canaan. Out of all the inhabitants of the city, God had sovereignly chosen to save her and her family. Though all the inhabitants of the city had heard how God had crushed Egypt and brought Israel out and all trembled in fear, God gave Rahab alone the faith to believe “the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath,” which she expressed to the 2 men Joshua sent to spy out the city.
Rahab, fearing the Lord more than the king of Jericho, told him she didn’t know where the spies were, though she had hidden them on her rooftop. For her kindness she begged the spies to spare her and her family when Israel destroyed Jericho. All she hoped for was to be spared from temporal destruction.
God indeed saved Rahab from destruction. But God had chosen Rahab for more than she’d ever dreamed. Later she became a citizen of Israel (Joshua 6:25) and part of God’s people. After that she married a prince in Judah, became the mother of Boaz and one of the grandmothers of David (Matthew 1:5), and ultimately an ancestress Jesus (Matthew 1). God did exceedingly abundantly beyond all that she asked or thought – not only did he save her life but he rescued her from sin and gave her honor and dignity.
We have no idea what God’s wonderful purposes for our lives are. When I first cried out to Jesus, I was just miserable. I just wanted him to get me out of my misery. I didn’t even know I needed to be saved. And I had no idea of all he would do in my life. I wasn’t thinking about a wife or my children or ancestors. I wasn’t thinking about being in our church and all the ways that would change my life. I had no idea he would call me to be a pastor. God has wonderful purposes for us. He has wonderful purposes for you.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me… PS 138.8
God has purposes for you that you can’t possibly fathom. That little boy you serve in Children’s Ministry may be the next Billy Graham. That girl in the dorm you reached out to recently may get saved, then raise Christian children and grandchildren. Rahab could never have imagined that God’s purposes for her included being an ancestress of Jesus.
A large sum of money was given to Rowland Hill (a British gov’t official in the 1800s) to give to a poor pastor. Thinking that the amount was too much to send all at once, Hill forwarded just a portion along with a note that said simply, “More to follow.” In a few days the man received another envelope containing the same amount and with the same message, “More to follow.” At regular intervals, there came a third, and a fourth. In fact, they continued, along with those cheering words, until the entire sum had been received.
C. H. Spurgeon used this story to illustrate that the good things we receive from God always come with the same prospect of more to follow. He said:
“When God forgives our sins, there’s more forgiveness to follow. He justifies us in the righteousness of Christ, but there’s more to follow. He adopts us into His family, but there’s more to follow. He prepares us for heaven, but there’s more to follow. He gives us grace, but there’s more to follow. He helps us to old age, but there’s still more to follow.”
Spurgeon concluded, “Even when we arrive in the world to come, there will still be more to follow.”*
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for you! And remember, there’s more to follow!
*I found this illustration at Bible.org