Tuesday, July 12, 2016

God - Good - Plans

“No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”
(2 Tim. 2:5 NKJV)

            The plans that God has for us are under attack – we must refuse distractions - we must keep our focus on working His plans, so that God’s goodness prevails.  Plans are only powerful when they persevere.  As “A Work in Progress” when we work the plans God has for us we make a difference in this world.

            God’s plans are more powerful than even the wars of this world that is if we choose to embrace them and take action to fulfill them.  During World War II two soldiers worked their plans which were rooted in hatred and a desire to be recognized.  One, a Japanesse soldier named Fuchida and another, an American soldier named Jake Deshazer.  Fuchida lived his life working the plans of his father and country.  He began his training early which led him to become a top fighter pilot for the Japaneese military.  On the morning of December 7, 1941 he led a squadron of 360 planes towards unsuspecting islands in the Pacific Ocean At 7:49 A. M. Fuchida made the call “All squadrons, plunge in to attack!”  Miles away on the mainland in California Jake Deshazer listened through radio waves as reports came of this devastating attack on his countrymen stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii Enraged, his words filled the room as he shouted, “Jap, just wait and see what we will do to you!”  Later reports that 3,303 American soldiers perished along with over 1,000 wounded strengthened his resolve to enlist in a secret mission that led him and his squadron dropping bombs over Tokyo Entangled in the plans of their own missions these two men could not see that God had different plans for them to fulfill. 

            Our plans can harm us, but God’s plans are to prosper us – bringing healing to ourselves and others.  Shortly after celebrating their victories the plans they had been working led Deshazer and Fuchida both in prison.  Flying over Tokyo Deshazer celebrated with his fellow pilots but when entering the air space over China their planes were shot down into enemy territory.  Taken prisoners of war the American soldiers remained in custody for forty months were they endured cruel punishment for their treatment of the Japanese military. After twenty-five months of mental anguish the solders came upon a Bible.  Jake read it and began to discover the plans God had for his life.  His heart turned from hatred to compassion for his enemies.  He vowed to return to Japan someday to share the love of Christ with them. 
            The plans for Deshazer were to change the lives of many including the live of Fuchida.  Returning home to Japan Fuchida enlisted in other battle assignments which led him to the city of Hiroshima Twenty-four hours prior to the Atom bomb dropping Fuchida was given orders to return to Tokyo Upon Japan’s defeat Fuchida went through military trials.  Although, not physically behind bars his mind was continually filled with thoughts of the men he had killed and those fellow soldiers and citizens of his own country who had lost their lives as the result of the plans that he had followed. One day while getting off of a train in Tokyo a man handed Fuchida a pamphlet in titled, “I Was a Prisoner of Japan”  written by none other than Jake Deshazer.  Once the war had ended God had given Jake a plan to write of his experiences in war and how God’s love had saved him from a physical and mental prison.  These words changed the heart of Fuchida and helped free him from his own prison.  In the weeks to come Fuchida gave his life to Jesus Christ.  He spent the rest of his life preaching the Gospel throughout Asia.

            The plans God has for us are to give us and those whom we come in contact with hope.  Hope is an expectation of good.  Having an expectation of good motivates us to action.  When we take action goodness becomes more than something we expect, it becomes tangible in our lives. 

            God is good and the plans that He has for us are good for us and others.  As “A Work in Progress” we must resist taking our own plans into action.  When we follow the plans of God: He will protect us if He calls us to fight, He will connect us with the right people at the right time for the right purpose, He will prosper us in what seems to be situations filled with lack, He will ask us to do things that make us uncomfortable while we grow and develop, He will help us get from where we are to where He knows that we can be – a good place, a place of progress and hope.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity…
(Jer. 29:11-14 NIV)

Historical reference cited from original article:"From Pearl Harbor to Golgotha" (1953)
url: http://www.biblebelievers.com/fuchida1.html

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