Tuesday, October 9, 2012

1 Peter 1:17-21

“And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”
God is perfect in His understanding. He can see everything before it even happens. It is not even good enough to say that He knows whether or not in basketball a shot will go in when you shoot it. Rather, He knows that a guy will invent basketball, and that one day you will be born and you’ll completely airball a shot that you take trying to impress your friends. He sees all things, long before they even begin to happen. Isaiah 46:10 says that God knows the end from the beginning. That literally means he knew how the world would end before He even spoke it into existence. This is huge, because here in verse 20, Peter writes about how “before the foundation of the world,” Jesus was meant to be the one who redeemed the whole world from their sins. So before God started shaping and stretching the cosmos, Jesus was already planned to be the redemption for our sins. This speaks to this great attribute of God known as Foreknowledge.  You see, this is important, because nothing catches Him off guard. He sees it all coming and anticipates and prepares for it. As a matter of fact, everything that is coming that will seem like it is out of control, He already saw a few thousand years ago, and has been working out a safe solution for you for about the same amount of time. This is why we can trust His Sovereign designs. He knows long before everything happens, that it will happen, and He makes a beautiful purpose and plan for it in our lives. We can simply trust Him for knowing and having prepared what is best for us. So fully appreciating God’s Foreknowledge, with Paul, we can say, (Rom. 8:38,39) “Nothing can separate us from the Love of Christ.” He knows all and He will take care of us.
Food for Thought: What is something that has happened to you or your family recently that was completely unexpected? When did God know this was going to happen? What do you think His knowing caused Him to do?