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Summary: Christians need to learn to look at all the circumstances in our lives, the good and what we consider to be bad circumstances and look at these circumstances the way God does. We need to remember that God uses all of our circumstances to teach us things!

If you’ve been around me for any length of time then you know that I am fond of saying that God always has a plan for each of us. Sometimes we like how His plan unfolds for us and sometimes we can become disappointed in how the plan unfolds.

I have also mentioned a Bible study that Diane and I did many years ago called “Experiencing God” and in that study one of the things that I learned was to look back at my life and learn to connect the spiritual markers, things that have happened in my life, orchestrated by God to bring me to where I am today.

Some of the things that God has done and is currently doing were really easy to accept and some them were not so easy to accept. But no matter what the things were that God did to bring me to where I’m at today I can’t argue with the results and I have learned to not argue with Him about how He chooses to work in my life.

What about you today? If you haven’t come to the same conclusions that I have about how God works in your lives then I would strongly recommend that you get with God in prayer and ask Him to help you to understand who is really in charge of our lives. Our God is sovereign and He always has a plan!

In Romans chapter 11 verses 33-34 we read this: 33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR?

And in Isaiah chapter 55 verse 8-11 we read this: 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

No matter what’s happening in our lives today we have to believe and have faith that God has a plan for whatever it is that is happening to us at any given time.

In Romans chapter 8 verse 28 we read this: 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

I want to share a little insight into the Frazier household and I want you to hear what I’m going to say with this verse in mind.

I’m going to go back in time, back to when I was transferred to the place that I work today. If you will remember, I was lamenting the fact that I was being moved and how I thought it was such a bad thing and how unhappy I was with that decision.

Well, now that is has been two years since I was transferred, and I had to look back and recognize the spiritual markers that God had placed in my life since then. Since that time, Gannett has become increasingly unstable especially in the areas that I used to work in. Little did I know that Gannett would decide to close Diane’s office, which I worked out of, and that alone would have probably ended my time with the company.

And just this week Gannett laid off another 120 people and among those were many of my rack repair colleagues as well as a few of the people that I worked very closely with in Nashville. I would probably have been one of the 120 people laid off even if I had survived the closing of Diane’s office. God is sovereign and God has a plan!

Moving forward in time, I applied for a job at Honeywell here in Murfreesboro and I didn’t get the job. As strange as it may sound that was a good thing! Little did I know that I was going to have a heart attack and if I had changed jobs there was no guarantee that I would have been on their insurance plan yet and that would have devastated my family’s finances. God is sovereign and He has a plan!

And speaking of health issues, the heart attack that I had has actually helped me and my family to see that we needed to make some major lifestyle changes. I am finally going to get my sleep apnea fixed, lose some weight that I already knew that I needed to lose, and start exercising like I should.

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