Devotional for May 12, 2021

Greetings in Christ,

  It gets complicated and hard to believe there is a God who can know the future in every detail before it unfolds.  It can be especially hard to grasp this concept on a personal level, and how it can be applied to the individual lives of people.  It even gets more complicated when you consider the number of people which occupy the earth.  Just how can one God be able to keep track of the activities which are happening daily correct and straight, and yet He is able to understand and know the future?

  People have been puzzled by this for many years, and they have come up with many versions of what they think is the answer.  The result is many doctrines of belief which has led to many ways people think about the past, present, and the future.  Some of those doctrines believe the harder you work the more you will be rewarded with a place in heaven making it a choice on mankind’s part to control the future.  They will receive favor from God, and He will tell St. Peter to allow them to pass through the pearly gates of heaven.

  There are others who do not believe in God at all.  They refuse to believe in a supreme being who can create such a wonder as the earth and mankind.  The earth and mankind are the result of atoms in the world colliding forming the earth, and out of this chance of everything coming together created mankind from the overflow of matter.  This force of nature is still driving the formation of the earth and mankind, and the future depends on mankind and their intelligence.

  What it really comes down to is not individual intelligence, but to accept on faith who God is.  It is the lack of intelligence which has driven mankind crazy trying to figure out how the earth and mankind were created.  It is the same lack of intelligence that becomes the stumbling block for mankind to accept on faith God created the earth and mankind.  It is those who accept on faith who can move forward with the reality that there is a sovereign God who has created them.  It is this belief in a sovereign God Who can understand the future.

  Matthew gives us an example of Jesus talking about the future as He tells the parable of the wheat and the tares.  Jesus tells the parable of the farmer who plants his wheat seed in the field, but in the night an enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat.  The farmer is alerted to the fact tares are growing among the wheat, and the concern arises the tares will affect the wheat.  The farmer tells those who are concerned to let the wheat and the tares grow together in the field, and when the time comes for the harvest, the tares will be gathered and burned.

  Jesus knew some people would not choose to follow Him.  They would choose their own intelligence to go another direction.  Jesus was there when everything was created, and He knows the makeup of the heart and soul of mankind giving Him the inside track and be able to understand mankind’s future.  It was and is the unwillingness of mankind to accept on faith what Jesus had to say on behalf of the God the Father that was and is their downfall.

  It is only through faith mankind can accept the sovereignty of God.  It is through faith mankind accepts God created mankind, and it is through faith mankind accepts God can know the details of every person on earth.  It is through faith mankind allows God to guide them into the future knowing He holds the future in His hands.   

  “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice.  O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.  I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.  They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.  This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and rescues them.  O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!  O fear the Lord, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want.  The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.  Who is the man who desires life
and loves length of days that he may see good?  Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.  Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.  The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.  The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.  He keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken.   Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.  The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.”  Psalm 34

  Lord thank you for Your sovereignty, creating us, and having the future in Your hands.  Amen


  Mark Johnson 
  Psalm 34,93,96; Joshua 24:1-28; 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Matthew 13:24-34a

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