Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2018 Anticipating the Spiritual Jesus the Prelude to Life
A New Day Dawns…
A new day is on its way therefore, “Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18–19, CSB)
Do not look to the past, do not look to the present, do not look to the future, instead look to God where the past, present, and future come into full view. The apostle Paul explains the idea I am trying to get across this way. “Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:24–25, CSB)
Reading the verses preceding Romans 8:24 you’ll discover the hope Paul is referring to is life beyond this life, so I hope he don’t mind if my foresight doesn’t go as far as his because even though I hope for Life/Living after life/living I continue to hope for tomorrow, the next day, the next day, the next day, the next day, and you get the idea. It would be great if everyone of us had our own crystal ball that opened up the future for us, but we don’t. because of the technology the weather tomorrow can be predicted with a great deal of accuracy, the financial future can be predicted with a fair amount of accuracy, but who among us can predict whether or not we’ll be in a car accident or our house will catch fire?
It is not wrong to hope bad things don’t happen to us but when we plan our lives around bad things happening we may just find ourselves needing anti-depressants or finding our hope a thing of the past. Putting all of our hope in God doesn’t guarantee bad things won’t happen but putting our hope in God and His future plans for our Life/Living we will be armed with God initiated hope and with it successfully navigate through any bad thing we encounter. “For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, CSB)
One of the primary things we need to remember is to measure our successful navigation of bad things at God’s standard of success not our own measure of success. Success as we measure it can only be temporary at best life/living today is to fluid to maintain a high degree of success. Unlike human measure of success God’s measure of success has at times turned lives world upside down for example God’s greatest success happened on a wooden cross and ended with an empty tomb, and that success has fallen on you and I.
By the way, the hope we cannot see is the one and only God!
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” **
Grace and PEACE,
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** John 14:6, CSB