Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 17, 2015
These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.” John 19:36-37
I cannot predict the future. However, I have been blessed by those gifted in prophetic prayer. Even still, their prayers were general in nature—related to God’s faithfulness and my need to wait on Him. There have been times I presumed on the future by going into personal financial debt. I acted like I would have time to earn the money necessary to pay back my obligations. Borrowing is not and should not be an indicator of my trust in the Lord’s provision. My heavenly Father knows the future, thus I will leave it in His hands and not presume to know for certain what lies ahead.
Scripture predicted in detail the life and death of Jesus. The Psalmist says not one of His bones will be broken (Psalm 34:20). Zechariah talked of Christ being pierced in the side (Zechariah 12:10). Jesus came to fulfill God’s plan for all the world, not just the nation of Israel. The passover in Egypt provided physical security. The Passover of Jesus provided spiritual salvation. The lamb of God on the Old Testament altar forgave one man’s sin. The Lamb of God on the cross forgave the sins of mankind. Our broken souls were saved by the One with unbroken bones.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)!
What future concern strikes fear in your heart? Financial security? Then look to the Lord who knows the future. He can: 1) Facilitate a financial windfall, 2) Give wisdom for a responsible stewardship plan, executed over time, and/or, 3) Give you the grace to handle riches, poverty or something in between. Don’t presume or attempt to predict tomorrow with an irresponsible promise today. If the Lord wills: you may marry, have children and your dream job. Or, you may suffer a ruptured relationship or ill health. Remain faithful now. God takes care of concerns later.
Lock arms with the Lord who can unlock the future. Based on our current beliefs and behaviors, The Word of God is a predictor of future outcomes. What we sow—we reap. If we sow trust in God—we reap the peace of God. If we sow obedience to God—we reap the pleasure of God. If we sow prayer—we reap prayer. If we sow love—we reap love. If we sow generosity—we reap generosity. If we sow hospitality—we reap hospitality. If we sow patience—we reap patience. If we sow mercy—we reap mercy. In Christ: forgiveness, joy and heaven are our certain future.
“Don’t hold back—give freely, and you’ll have plenty poured back into your lap—a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, brimming over. You’ll receive in the same measure you give” (Luke 6:38, The Voice).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the grace I need for today and the faith required for tomorrow.
Related Readings: Job 8:7; Psalm 40:5; Jeremiah 29:11; James 4:13-17; Revelation 5:8, 7:17
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