Proverbs 4 11-4-20

If there’s one thing I have learned through the years, it’s that God has a plan that cannot be thwarted. Trust in it. In Him.

26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Here is Luke’s description of the time of John the Baptist and, thus, Jesus’ ministry, “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar–when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene–during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.” Luke 3:1-2 That’s a pretty specific description. When plugged into the historical records, the best that the historians can tell is that it was sometime during 26 A.D.

Why go to so much trouble to get it right? Because, “When the set time had come (in the fullness of time), God sent His Son [Jesus Christ], born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law [us], that we might receive adoption to sonship.” Galatians 4:4-5. This is the redemption of the eternal covenant! It began with Abraham and was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He offers to all His redemption through adoption into God’s family. The hard part is that in order to be adopted into God’s family, a person has to relinquish all rights and privileges of his former life, even Jews. It’s not that they become non-Jews; it’s that they become a new creation in Christ.

If any person is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, and, behold, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

His (Christ’s) purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. Ephesians 2:15b-16

In Christ, we are now all “fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household…” Ephesians 2:19.

Here’s the point: If God is so specific about the birth and ministry of His Son, we can count on Him being specific about our lives and the future of His church, His Bride. Whoever wins the election, we can trust God to give us everything we need to do His will. Making His will our priority may be what He’s up to with this election! Consider it.

Abba, I want to be all about Your will and ministry. Help me to set aside my preferences and feelings and be about my Father’s business–Your business. I want my life to count for You, LORD Jesus. Let’s work together to make it so. Amen.

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