‘He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake’ ~ 1 Peter 1:20
When we are faced with the ‘first time’ thing like going on a voyage or a long distance travel, making a deal on selling the car or buying a house, seeking an alliance or entry into a business venture, setting up an office or even having the first baby, we all seek the helpful counsel of those already been through that journey. We rely on their experience and trust the sound advice they give. No doubt we all feel so relieved to meet someone whose already been there before and knows all the ups and downs, the unexpected turns on the road, the hurdles and challenges, the stress and strain, the tears and sighs, the loss and gain and everything put together. Hearing them share their story opens our eyes to valuable truths and key principles that were hitherto obscure. We learn to build on their faith and reach higher.
We all live our earthly life only once and die once. Hebrews 9:27 says, ‘…people are destined to die once..’ And no human being can assure us that life is going to be all good and rosy. But Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He knows the end from the beginning. Before man was, he was there. He knows all about life and its complexities. He understands all about man and his frailty. He remembers that we are dust and has pity on us. He offers to help us not just make it through life but be over-comers, more than conquerors and live an abundant life. All we need to do is ask him. And then when he shows us the way, we have to follow. 2 Timothy 1:9 says, ‘He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.’
A beautiful song often sung in worship is – “Above all powers, above all kings, above all nature and all created things, Above all wisdom and all the ways of man, you were here before the world began.’ Absolutely magnanimous that Jesus was there even before the world began, before time began and even before you and I were created and placed in our mother’s womb. This is so comforting to know! So if you don’t know Jesus, get to know him personally by reading the Bible and talking to those who believe in him. Your life will be different!
Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I’m amazed at your glory, majesty and splendour. Indeed there is no one else like you. There is no Saviour apart from you. I worship you and adore you. I give my life to you, lead me on. Amen.”