Step Four—Knowledge of the Father’s Heart—His Plan and Purpose
“I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill my will.” Acts 13: 22.
“The counsel of Yahweh standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is Yahweh; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Psalms 33:11-12.
Chapter 15 The Father’s Heart
We are learning that the Savior’s Hebrew name is Yahshua, which means Yah-Is-Savior. And we are learning that He is the Road to Immortality. And we have learned that the steps along that Road are degrees of Wisdom and Knowledge about Him. We learned in “Step One” that Wisdom is to be in awe of the Creator—to have a reverential respect and trust for Him. In “Step Two” we learned the Knowledge of His true name and what it means to us on this way. “Step Three” gave us the Knowledge of God’s nature, His eternal Godhead—just who He is. We are now ready to take Step Four: Knowledge of His Eternal Plan and Purpose.
“Step Four” is perhaps the biggest step, for it stretches our small hearts and minds and enlarges them so that they can be able to see through God’s eyes. “My thoughts are not your thoughts, saith Yahweh.” We must realize that God has His own agenda. We humans have our own agenda, too. We are like Him in that we have a purpose for our own life. But very few of us have the same purpose for our lives as does our Heavenly Father. And herein lies the problem—for us. He has a Master design and purpose in making us and everything else in this universe, yet He is willing to use much patience in waiting for us, His crowning creation, to come into line with His purpose.
His purpose is clear and straightforward: He is reproducing Himself through a select group of human beings. Yes, He loves us and wants to save us from our selves and our selfish desires and actions. But that is only a very small part of His eternal purpose and plan—a tiny piece of the cosmic puzzle that is His heart.
What is in the Father’s heart? What desires lie there waiting to be manifested? The answer lies in the word “Father.” “Father” implies engendering, procreating, reproducing, for there cannot be a father except there be offspring. Or to state it in another way, one must have offspring in order to be a Father.
Now many claim that God is their Father. Almost all of the untold thousands of denominations of Christendom assent to that. They want to claim Him as their Father and yet deny the law of harvest He spoke into existence: “Each seed bears its own kind.” If they were His children, then they would be like Him; they would have His mind. They would share the secret desires of His heart by having the same plan and purpose that He has. The Father’s heart contains His plan and purpose: to reproduce Himself until He fills the whole universe with Himself. And He has created mankind to be the instruments that He will use to do this. He will use only His crowning creation Man to manifest Himself through.