Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4, 2011

Have you thought about how much you don't know?  There are people that think they have all the answers but in reality, don't.  Leading educators speculate on whether December 2012 will be the end of the world because Nostradamus said it would be.

Speculation is part of our world today.  The market speculates and so does Washington but in the end, who really knows our future?  As women, we worry about what the future will bring.  We like to know the outcome because it brings us comfort.  However, when was the last time you knew when a major event would occur? We don't know when we will get married, if we will have children or how those children will grow up.  Life is uncertain and with it comes many different outcomes.

God gave us a Bible with a road map.  Within that road map there are terrifying things, like painful childbirth, death, destruction and evil.  We have some answers about the future but not all.  Events are happening all around us that have terrifying outcomes, like civil war, natural disasters, children dying and men fighting in wars and yet, there are people being saved, men coming home, children surviving cancer and cities being rebuilt. So then, what can we truly count on?  The answer is Jesus.

If I have learned anything in life, we have no control.  We don't have a magic ball to see the future and we don't know when Jesus will come back.  However, there are things we do know.  Jesus came, He lived and most definitely died on a cross.  He was innocent of any crime, yet he hung on the cross anyway.  We also know that men followed him and children loved him. It is all written down for us and yet, we still doubt that there is power behind the cross!  Oh, I am not saying you don't believe, but I am saying we question how great that power is. How many times do we question whether He has the power to change our circumstances? I guess when you put two plus two together; we just don't believe enough.

The world wants us to speculate about our end because it places fear in our hearts.  The only fear we should have is in the Lord.  The bottom line is that no man will know the time or hour, God said that.  He also said that He would come like a thief within the night.  This isn't speculation, it's truth.  So if you aren't prepared, get ready and live for today.

When we live for today, God reveals Himself so much more.  He gives us the ability to experience him more fully.  This earth and our bodies are not what we are supposed to concentrate on, although like you, I probably do way too much.  It is easy to fall into the trap but I challenge you today to think about the marriage at the resurrection seen through Jesus's eyes in Mark 22: 29-32.

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.  At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.  But about the resurrection of the dead-have you not read what God said to you, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."

We live today and only for today but in our journey we must remember that we are not experts of the Scripture and most of the time we don't understand the power of God.  Jesus knew this and quoted the Old Testament because people think they know, but in reality, we don't in its fullest sense.  So, we must always remember what He said to the prophets of old, "I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob."   He is the only one that knows everything.  No one is omnipotent but Him.  He is jealous and when we put our faith in man, we lose.

Our faith must come from the fact that God is God.  He doesn't change.  He is the same throughout centuries and only He knows the future.  The only outcome we can be sure of, is that when we are born we will die and when He decides to claim us, He will!

I am very reassured that he is a God for all time. I find comfort in the fact that I don't have to know the future.  Although, I have struggled with wanting to know the outcome; He continues to show me that He knows what is best, always.

Don't you want to know a God that never changes?  I do. I also want to understand the power of God.  There probably is no way to really understand it fully but as we glimpse through Scripture; we might be more likely to believe that He has the power to move mountains.  I would love a little of that today, wouldn't you?

My prayer for today:

Thank you Lord that you provided a road map for our faith.  Thank you for allowing us the privilege to be in your presence and to learn your Word.  Thank you for helping us understand that the only outcome we need to worry about is being close to you.  Please provide women the ability to be strong in their faith, to believe that you know the outcomes and give them strength to find comfort only in You!  Give us a heart for you today and help us all remember that Your power is greater than the box we put you in. May we be a blessing to You today Lord.  Comfort those that are struggling with adversity and give them peace in You.  Protect us from the wicked and keep us from sin.  Amen

Until tomorrow....

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