Once upon a time, there was an old man in China who had one horse and one son. One day, the horse wandered away and was lost. Upon learning this, the neighbors went to the old man and told him they were sorry to hear about his bad luck.
“How do you know it is bad luck?” he asked. Soon thereafter, the horse returned and brought back with him many wild horses. Upon learning this, the neighbors again went to the old man, this time congratulating him on his good luck. “How do you know it is good luck?” he asked. Having so many horses, the son took to riding, and it so happened that he was thrown from a horse and broke his leg. Once again, the neighbors went to the old man, this time expressing sorrow at his bad luck.
“How do you know it is bad luck?” he asked. Soon thereafter, a war broke out and the old man’s son, because of the injury, did not have to go to war. The neighbors looked at the old man with jealousy as they muttered to him, “look at your good luck.” The man chuckled and replied, “How do you know it is good luck?”
Just like the old man, we know not how God works and how magnificent His plans and designs are. God works in beautiful, wonderful, and most of all mysterious ways. We do not understand the awesomeness and power of the God we worship, but if anything is for certain He has plans for us, and those plans are of peace and prosperity. No matter how these plans come to be, how they reveal themselves, or how they begin in each one of our lives, the plan is all the same; to get us across the finish line and meet our maker in heaven. This week we will be looking into two plans that came from God, and two people's reaction; one of explanation, and one of expectation.
Connected to the vine,
Youth Pastor Victor
Sermon: How can this be?