Thursday, September 25, 2008

Words of Encouragement

This was not an accident.  Jesus was not standing there one day before Pilate and unaware of what was coming.  God did not look down at his Son on the cross and say "oops".  In fact the words that come from Jesus' own mouth was "it is finished".  That was a Greek word that was used to mean, "It is paid in full."  Jesus knew his death was paying the sin debt in FULL.

With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.  "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD ? And who is the Rock except our God? - 2 Samuel 22:30-32

Things God Will Not Say. Oops! I love how this scripture advances the understanding about God.  He says with your help I can advance against a troop, however with God I can scale a wall.  That wall being one that is fortified and no matter  how much you help me, we won't get over it.  He goes on to say, that God is perfect and his word is flawless.

If we really believe that we would understand just how detailed God was in preparing for you and I a way to him.  The cross of Christ was not an oops!  He didn't create Adam and Eve and then when they sinned he said, oops, I wasn't prepared for that one.  Instead, he knew before he created man that he would need a way to bring them back to him.  He had the cross of Christ on his mind even before he created mankind.

What a perfect God we serve.  So then way do we think God makes mistakes when he tells us to do things his way and then we find ourselves facing difficulties.  We think, God, oops!  This wasn't suppose to happen when I decided to follow you.  You must not have know this was going to happen.  But God's ways are perfect so he knew even before he sent you on this path what you would face.  And he has been preparing you to be able to face it.

So then there are no oops with God.  There are not any mistakes or mix ups.  He didn't accidently choose you for your life.  You were hand picked for your life.  That might be difficult to understand if you are going through.  But today I want you to look at it differently.  You were hand picked to live your life because God looked at you and said, "I count you worthy".  He said, "I count you able."

Today, I pray Lord you already know all the hurts, disappointments and upsets we will face.  You do not stand there saying, "oops".  Instead you say, my ways are perfect and flawless so trust me and I will get you to the otherside of this thing.  Lord we trust you for your ways and thoughts are far greater than ours.