Future / Past

 God is not a man, that he should lie; nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. He has said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?  – Numbers 23:19


The future – how much time do you spend there in your mind? Right now its popular to forecast what’s next and some people sound very credible in their predictions, but according to the Bible there is one acid test for a person claiming to speak for God: “when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken” (Deuteronomy 18:22).

God does what He says, and Biblical history confirms it. For example: In approximately 700 BC, the prophet Micah revealed the name of the small village of Bethlehem as the place Messiah would be born. Jesus’s birth there is a widely known fact. Sometime before 500 BC, the prophet Daniel said Israel’s Messiah would begin his public ministry 483 years after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem. Jesus’ work meets that criteria. In fifth century BC, Zachariah declared the Messiah would be betrayed for the price of a common slave, 30 pieces of silver according to Jewish Law.  Judas settled for that very price.

God’s design for restoring mankind into full relationship with Himself is on track.  Any person aware of God’s plan for salvation through Jesus Christ, yet unwilling to acknowledge Him, has reason to be concerned. Time is moving forward and there is a day approaching when Earth’s story will be complete making all decisions final.

Pray today for those reluctant to turn their lives over to God. Ask that many in public service across America will come to know Him personally before the opportunity is past.

Today’s Verse: Numbers 23:19

God is not man, that he should lie,
 or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
 Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: 2 Corinthians 5:18-6:3

18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,

“In a favorable time I listened to you,
    and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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