A number of years back after we had moved to London, our family tried to continue a US tradition we had started in the early years of our marriage. We would drive into the city on a Sunday evening to see the Christmas lights. Central London is down the A- 40 – we’ll just drive there.
Do you know that was one of the most stressful driving experiences I’ve had in London? Turn here – there’s a light, go that way! It’s a sign for Oxford street – turn left! Turn right – right here!
It’s only God’s mercy that we made it home before midnight and without wrecking the car. I had driven before into central London and, while it wasn’t pleasant, I was much more confident than on this Sunday evening drive with the family. Why?
When I’ve driven into the city on other times – I had a destination, I had maps, I had a plan to get to the right place. Without a plan there came fear and stress.
Ephesians 1 verses 3 and 4, Paul lets us know that God has a plan for His people.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world.
Paul has confidence in writing to the Ephesians because God is at work and He’s been at work for a long, long time. Paul doesn’t have to wonder if God is going to make all things new. He doesn’t have to wonder if God will wipe away every tear. He doesn’t have to wonder if there will be an end to oppression, racism and injustice.
God is working His plan. And this gives Paul a confidence even when he’s sitting in prison writing this letter.
God says he is going to bless his people. Does that mean every situation will be easy? Of course not! Comfort and ease are not part of the promise of God – blessings in Christ for our good – that is the promise.
That is God’s plan. And that is a plan that truly takes away fear and stress.