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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Nothing Surprises God

In review of Psalm 139:16 it says, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (NIV).

In Psalm 139, the psalmist tells me how God is all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere present. God created, knows, and is with me. His greatest gift is to allow me to really know him.

God knows everything about me, and there is no where I can hide that He cannot see me. You've make me so wonderfully complex. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me.

In summary, God's character goes into the creation of every person. So if I feel start to feel worthless or even hate myself, I just need to simply remember that God's Spirit is ready and willing to work within me. I need to have as much respect for myself as my Maker has for me.

Psalm 139 reminds me that God knows everything about my faults and failures and my feelings and frustrations, and he also knows what my tomorrow will hold. He knows my future.

The Bible says that even before you were born, God knew all of my future: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16 NIV).

From his perspective, God can see past, present, and future all at once. Knowing this should give me great confidence in God. It should be comforting to me that he knows everything that is going to happen. He not only knows about the future, he’s also there in the future. He not only walks with us day by day, he can also walk in our future.

God is already prepared for everything I’m going to face tomorrow, next week, and next month. What the future holds may surprise me, but it doesn’t surprise God. Nothing ever catches him by surprise or makes him say, “Oh, really?”

In the future I may be faced with a crisis, and I may think, “What’s happening? Where is God?” God’s been there all along, preparing. He’s already in my future, and he’s prepared for everything.

So If God knows all my tomorrows today, why shouldn’t I ask him for advice. He knows what’s going to happen: “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own” (Jeremiah 33:3 The Message).

The things I don’t know, God can tell me about. I know however, that He’s not going to lay out my whole life all at once, telling me everything that will happen. If he did, I’d likely get deeply discouraged or prideful, or both. Instead, he’ll give it to me a little bit at a time.

Rick Warren suggests that when I get up in the morning, I should go over my schedule with the Lord. Pray, “Father, you’ve already seen this day that I’m about to experience. You know ahead of time every interruption I’m going to face, every crisis, every flat tire, every missed plane, every hurt, even when I’m going to spill my coffee. You’ve already seen it all. Would you please give me the strength that I need for today?”

I can go through my daily life knowing that God knows exactly what I need because he’s already seen what I’m going to face. And he will provide.

I have to admit that it's tempting for me want to know my future and shape it for comfort and ease. But what I’ve learned is that God is more interested in building my character than in making me comfortable. Therefore he has a training plan to grow my faith and hope in him. I plan that will make me more like His Son Jesus Christ.

This means that many of the problems I face at work are there to train me and to help me serve others. I need to remember that God has placed me where I am because He has something he wants to do through me here.

Bottom Line:
Our lives are created and crafted by God himself. It is His plan.

What this means to me:

God you saw me before I was born. Every day of my life predetermined and crafted by you. You have a purpose. Nothing that happens to me comes as a surprise to you.