TODAY IN HIS WORD COMES FROM
Isa. 53:7-8 (NKJV)
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the
land of the living for the transgressions of My people
He was stricken.
THOUGHT TO PONDER:
In today’s Scripture we read an incredible detail describing the death still to come of Jesus who had not yet been born! If God’s Word can so mightily (and in vivid detail) describe that which would come in the future to His people back then… isn’t it possible that He can and does still even now?
TODAY’S INSIGHT INTO HIS WORD:
Sometimes when God speaks (or) shows you “your what is to come”… it is so easy to lean toward the thought of “surely not” or that was just a coincidence or my imagination. My friend, take His Words to heart; hear Him speak to you, listen to Him and take some time to reflect on what He is trying to show you. Could it be a blessing to come, and He is trying to give you hope that there is still something to look forward to? Maybe it is a warning, and He is trying to make you aware of something that is wrong for you, or He could possibly be trying to prepare you for something that is coming up, and He wants you to know “This is the step I want you to take.”
~ My friend, today I would like to share a story with you. ~
Towards the end of May a few years ago, the number forty started “echoing” inside of me. I couldn’t get it off my mind, and in my spirit it just kept being moved in me. Now I know that forty is a biblical number, and that many times this has been a significant time frame (example: forty days, forty years) for God’s people, but I couldn’t figure out why it seemed so important to me at this particular time in my life. (I understand now that God was trying to get my attention.) Friends kept telling me that it was because I would be turning forty a few months later, and that this was why it was so noticeable to me. I could have accepted this, except for the fact that turning forty really didn’t bother me. So on June 1st I cleared my calendar, purchased a new prayer journal and started watching (and listening for God’s direction) and “power verses” that seemed to speak very strongly to me while reading my Bible.
Exactly forty days later I lost my job!
Not thirty-nine days, and not forty-one days. But FORTY DAYS on the dot!
But the awesome thing is that the very next day, I walked into the new future (and the plans) God had waiting for me. I stepped onto an unknown path and began a journey that I wasn't sure where it would lead to. I only knew that overnight God had moved very much in my life. I was nervous, YES. But, I wasn't scared. You see, He had been preparing me the entire 40 days. The same verses that leaped out at me in my daily Bible reading were showing up EVERYWHERE. Every time I turned around, it was the same set of Scriptures and message.
At the time it would have been very easy for me to brush it off as just coincidence, but God had my attention. Songs on the radio, conversations in passing with friends, daily devotionals I followed at the time; the same message and set of Scriptures that were very personal for me, were being repeated in so many different ways. So when life erupted, I knew God had spoken and it WAS TIME to move. So I simply trusted.
My friend, way before Jesus was ever born, Scripture talked of Him, and God's Word came to pass. But He wasn't the only one. In Isa. 44:28 Cyrus was named as God's servant who would rebuild the temple in Jerusalem-- BEFORE Cyrus was ever even born! In fact when Cyrus became the king of Persia; it was brought to his attention what the prophets had said about him specifically long ago. It was shown to Cyrus what God had already declared about him. So Cyrus obeyed, and he let people go who had a heart to rebuild God's temple. (Read Ezra 1:1-11) My friend God's Word came true.
In Genesis 37:5-11, we read that God gave Joseph two dreams. It wasn't until years later that they came to pass and Joseph fully understood what they meant. But when God's Word came true, Joseph was able to look back and realize why things had happened in his life, and he was able to see the bigger picture. (Genesis 50:15-21)
Sometimes (like in Joseph's case) God will give us just a glimmer of something still to come. He does this to give us hope and to encourage us not to give up when trials and heartache come along before His promises come to pass. God in all His wisdom knows how long it will be, and if it is going to be awhile, then in His mercy and grace-- He will shed light on what we have to look forward to, just so we can hold on when the road of faith gets really tough.
Have you ever just, "known" something, even though you couldn't see it yet? But, deep inside, you just "knew." For instance when a decision had to be made, you already knew what direction to take. Or, maybe you just had "inner insight" about what God was going to do in your life so little by little, you just prepared. My friend that would be discernment from God, preparing you before His hand is revealed in your life.
God really does "open the eyes of our heart" so we can see direction from Him so that we can follow as He leads-- if we just let Him. His Word will come to life in you in a whole new way when You are looking for Him. Passages you have read before will take on a whole new meaning for you in different seasons (as He reveals His Heart and plans for you), if you will just "listen" as you spend time in His Word.
My friend, God isn't going to give us a crystal ball, or show us every little thing that is up ahead, if He did, we wouldn't learn how to depend on Him. But, He will lead us and guide us. And when needed-- He will give us insight that can ONLY come from Him. And then at the right time-- in His time, Hi s Word will prove true. My Friend, He knows what your future holds and He knows how to see you through to the other side of where you are now. His part is to be GOD, our part is to listen and move as He directs.
PRAYING IN FAITH;
Father God, what a wonderful thing you do for us, as You open up Your Word to lead us and guide us. Lord, thank You for the many times You speak of things to come so that we may have hope and not give up when things get tough. Lord, thank You that you sustain us and pick us up when it seems like we can't go any further. Lord, thank You for Your amazing grace that shelters us when we stumble trying to make it through.
Lord, I hold hands with this reader You have brought along side me today. Lord, may You strengthen them and give them courage. Lord, I pray that You will open the eyes of their heart to see you leading them, and open their ears to hear you directing them. Lord, may You steady their feet and guide them in each step.
Lord, I pray that as You reveal things to them they will have an open mind to accept Your revelations. Lord, as You prepare them, I pray they will not harden their hearts towards you today.
In Christ Jesus Name,