Friday, May 29, 2015

Go Forward

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, WENT FORWARD. 
John 18:4

Have you ever stopped to consider what Jesus knew? He knew that in only a short amount of time that the crowds that sang His praises would demand His crucifixion. He knew that all of His disciples would leave and forsake Him. He knew that Judas would betray Him. He knew that Peter would deny Him. He knew that He would be falsely accused, spit upon, scourged, brutalized, crucified. He knew that He would be separated from His Father as He took upon Himself the sins of the world.... and for all the knowledge that He had He  still went forward.....

But let us not forget that He also knew that He would rise from the dead. He knew that the veil in the temple would be torn from top to bottom. He knew mankind would now have the opportunity to be saved from sin, from death, and from hell. He knew that many would turn to Him and be reconciled to God. He knew that you would come to believe in the gospel. He knew that although this was the most difficult thing that anyone could ever walk through, that this was part of the Fathers plan and will for His life.  Therefore although He despised the shame of the cross, the Bible says for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross. 

Oftentimes the knowledge of what lies ahead can make us stop moving forward. Sometimes knowing what we know, may tempt us to go backward instead of forward. Yet as we look at the example of Jesus we find strength and courage to take the next step. Perhaps the Lord is saying to you today... go FORWARD.

"I can go forward when I know that Jesus has gone before me." 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Finally

"Do you ever feel like this
with the promises of God?
Waiting Patiently"
Reading through the Bible once again I am right in the middle of the life of King David. What an amazing story. David was a man after God's heart and uniquely called to lead the nation. Yet from the time of his initial anointing, until the fulfillment of Gods promise, he encountered many challenges to his faith. Whether it was a giant on the battlefield, or King Saul who hunted David for years in order to thwart the plans of God, David kept on going.
 It seems from his story that there were definite seasons when he doubted Gods promises. There were times when he thought "what's the use?" Then the day finally came. A day I would imagine that David thought would never come. It was the day God's promise was fulfilled. 
After reigning in Hebron for seven years and six months all of the tribes of Israel came to David. They reminded him that he was apart of them, he was like family to them. They also recalled that in times of battle that David had been faithful to lead. David behaved wisely on every errand he was sent. He remained faithful even when others weren't watching. But the Lord was watching.  David was also reminded of the promise that God had made to him that he would "shepherd" the people. David could not bring God's plans to pass in his life and neither can we. We must trust the Lord and keep walking by faith. The Lord knows what He is doing and why He is doing it, even if we don't. Don't forget He loves you, and that like in David's life, the Lord is working all this for your good and His ultimate glory.