Thursday, August 19, 2010

Day Eighteen Wednesday August 18th, 2010

Day Eighteen
Wednesday August 18th, 2010

They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.
-Psalm 22:18

Mark 15:24 says, “And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.” It’s amazing how accurate prophecy is. Of course I do believe that prophecy must be 100% accurate, but the level of detail is amazing. I know some people who claim to be prophets say stuff like, “I know there is someone in this room who is suffering pain,” or “Someone in this room is having problems with money.” Well… people are always having problems with money or with pain because this world is hard to live in. They generalize and play the odds and are vague enough that someone who wants to believe in what they are saying has something to hope in, but it’s a false hope. It’s a trick. It’s a lie. However, Psalm 22 is so detailed that although it may seem weird at first, once people saw Jesus crucified, it all must have made sense. I imagine it will be like that when the end times come. I don’t expect to be here, but there are many non-Christians who have read and retain knowledge of the book of Revelation who will probably be able to quote it chapter and verse when the end times come. They just never believed. To them it will be abundantly clear that God meant exactly as He said and it will happen. The question I have for you today is this; Do you believe that God’s Word is true before you see it? If you do, you will have no reason to complain or whine because you know that it’s all going to work out in the end and if it isn’t working out, it isn’t the end yet. You have every reason to be optimistic. You have every reason to be joyful and smile in the face of trials and dire circumstances because God is still real. He is still good. He still loves you and His death on the cross still covers Your sin. What’s more is that He knew this was going to happen and prepared a way for you to get through it. It’s like when you go hiking in a national park. It may be hard and strenuous, but the trail is clearly marked and as long as you stay on the path that is in front of you, you have no reason to fear getting lost… that is if you trust the people who made the trail. Trust God in the same way. Don’t complain or whine when things get hard. Do smile and rejoice because you know it’s all going to end well. Journey’s have to be hard to give the end meaning. If your going to tell a story, it’s not interesting unless the main character goes through a change and is somehow better at the end than at the beginning. We love watching those kind of movies and reading those kind of books, but few of us want to be that person. Let God tell your story. Let God show others how He can change you and make you better.

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