200th Post: You’ve Been Set Up

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve been set up.  Someone has been laying out an intricate, detailed plan which directly affects you.

The good news is that it’s God.  The rest of the good news is that He loves you and it’s good things… things to benefit you… that He has been scheming.

Psalm 139:16 reads, “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.”

Jeremiah 29:11 points out, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”

And Ephesians 2:10 declares, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”

God is not sitting in Heaven figuring out how He can punish you. He is working all things together for your good (Romans 8:28).  He has created a plan to bless you… to help you… to prosper you… to propel you… to give you life to the fullest.

John— the disciple who was probably closer to Jesus relationally than any other on this planet— recorded Jesus’ words in John 10:10… “…My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

And that doesn’t end here. For those tho accept Jesus Christ for Who He is and what He has done on their behalf, that life extends beyond death into forever.

You see, you’ve been set up.

No, not by me.  Not in this blog. I’ve never pulled any punches with you or sucker-punched you.  I’ve written what I mean and meant what I’ve written.

But you’ve been set up by God to succeed… to thrive… to flourish… to make a difference in this world… to impact others… to create… to dream… and as a result to be drawn close to Him in love.

So why not stop and take a moment right to recognize Him and His amazing plan for you… to thank Him… to acknowledge that He got way out in front of you on this… to let Him know that you appreciate Him… and maybe even to ask what else His good plans for you involve?

If you’re gonna be set up, at least you’ve been set up by the Best!

Thanks to all of you who read this blog, whether it’s your first post to read or you’ve been here for all 200 so far!  The words of encouragement you’ve given are deeply appreciated.

I look forward to the next 200 posts! More encouragement… more motivation… more moments spent with us living up in an often down world.  See you here tomorrow!


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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