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Day 12: Living Daily in Reality: A Known Future

by Ernest O'Neill

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Living daily in reality means seeing that we are not just little nothings that occur by chance from some huge explosion in space, but that we are the intricate creation of a personal, loving Father who made us inside his own son. Of course that changes the whole way we think of ourselves and our origin. We see that our physical parents were a gracious way for our Father to get us on the earth but that we are really "God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that he has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them".

This transforms our attitude to our futures - if our maker has some things that he has prepared for us to do. This lifts a heavy burden off our shoulders - we are not left to chance encounters with important people or the best opinions of guidance-counselors or the driving fears of our own ambitions. We are here to do something that we were made for - something that only we can do in the way our maker wants. At last we know what to do about that sense of uniqueness that we have: we don't have to be driven by the need for others to acknowledge our uniqueness by gaining some little celebrity status. We see that it doesn't matter if the whole world ignores us as long as our maker esteems us as part of himself.

But this reality of our being part of the son of the Creator of the universe also affects our attitude to the future. You can see that if you look again at that statement by Paul (to whom Jesus appeared in Palestine) - "we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which he has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them". Even we with our finite minds can see that our maker obviously knows everything there is to be known about his creation. It is the job of human manufacturers to know the potentials and limitations of their product. How much more does the infinite being who made everything know what will happen when millions of beings through thousands of years interact with each other and their environment !

Indeed, when you think how many circumstances and contingent events must occur repeatedly for you to get up each morning and get to work, the being or power that enables all these to occur on time must know everything in detail. So, obviously the creator knows all that will happen and all the things we will do in our lifetime. The great difference between the exercise of this power and that of a software programmer is that our father is committed to guarding and preserving our exercising free will. He put us here to give us that opportunity - to come willingly to accept his plan for us - however long it takes and however much he has to bear as we choose our own ways.

But the immeasurable benefit for us is that our future is a known way - one that has been carefully planned and prepared and provided for by someone who really loves and cares for us !

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