GOD’S SOLUTIONS ARE AHEAD OF OUR TIME

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GOD’S SOLUTIONS ARE AHEAD OF OUR TIME

Imagine if you were a child in the 70s and someone came and told you that one day, you could communicate with people a million miles away through your watch.

Or imagine you were a town planner in 17th century England and someone came and told you that one day, horse manure on the streets would be a thing of the past and you wouldn’t have to worry about it when you planned your cities anymore.

Or imagine you were a scribe living in an age before the Egyptian empire and someone came and told you that one day, you won’t have to chisel information into stone, and yet be able to store information more quickly, efficiently and securely.

How would you respond?

Indeed, before the iPhone, phones were meant for calls, and to a smaller extent, text messaging. Answering emails and working on documents while on the go were reserved for a whole different kind of device, and we called those Blackberries. But look at us now? I remember a time when using your mobile phone while flying would cause the plane to crash. But now, we can have conference calls while en route to our destination. What will they think of next?

Now, that got me thinking. If the ideas of man can be so revolutionary, so ahead of its time, what about the ideas of God? I mean, come on, He is God. By default, He’s got to be better than us, right?

And we don’t really need to look very far to see that God really was revolutionary, His ideas really were ahead if its time. I mean think about it. If you were an Israelite living during the time of the old testament, long before you were supposed to be called an Israeli, you would have been very familiar with this system.

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:” Deuteronomy 28:1-2

“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:” Deuteronomy 28:15

Do good, get good; do bad, get bad. It was simple, it was logical. An eye for an eye. Because back then, God was one of us, vengeful like one of us, looking at strangers on the bus, trying to figure out which one He should smite; wasn’t He? After all, these were God’s words,

“…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:5-6
Hey, we didn’t say it, He did.

So imagine when David said this in his Psalm.

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.” Psalm 32:1-2

Blessed indeed, but there is no such person on the face of this earth, because God never forgives any transgression nor does He cover any sin, does He? So fancy David, the King back then, actually saying this,

“I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Psalm 32:5

Acknowledge my sin to God; and set myself up for a good spanking? No thank you.

But David doesn’t just stop there. He later writes,

“He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:10-12

He must be off his royal rocker, mustn’t he? God just said that He will visit the sins of the guilty for generations to come and now David is telling us that God has not dealt with us according to our sins?

But He’s not the only one. Isaiah says,

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:9-10

So how can this be?

Well beloved, the solution can be found here.

“Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:4-6

If you were an Israelite, this would have blown your mind. In fact, this still blows the mind of some Israelis today. Long before Jesus was born, God gave us a clear revelation on how all of us would be reconciled back to Him, despite and in spite of our sins. He even told us what to look out for. Don’t believe me?

“For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” Isaiah 53:2-3

Didn’t Peter deny knowing Jesus and didn’t all His disciples run away when He was arrested? Sure, Jesus had His fans during His preaching days, but this was why they were hanging around Him.

““Believe me,” replied Jesus, “you are looking for me now not because you saw my signs but because you ate that food and had all you wanted.” John 6:26 [PHILLIPS]
They were in it for the food.

So if you were an Israelite living during the days of Isaiah and David, would you have believed that this was God’s solution? Do you now?

But happen, it did; and fulfilled, His promise was. So God is good for His word. And that got me thinking, how many of His promises for our lives that He makes to us today, right now, whispered in the quiet of our hearts, do we believe? How many do we take seriously?

Mind you, many moons past between those words and the coming of Jesus. Are we also looking at a similar situation? Did God promise you something many seasons ago, which has yet to come to fruition?

Well beloved, don’t lose heart, for “He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31

Yet, ““…My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

God’s solutions for you are just like His solutions have always been, a tad outlandish, a little outrageous, and definitely ahead of its time. And don’t worry if you don’t see even a speck of a sign,

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

His solutions for you are indeed ahead of its time, too complex and marvelous for you to imagine, and too early for you to see fruit. Yet, fulfilled, it will be and when it is, just like all those other times He has provided for you, you will once again be in awe of His power.

So hang in there, beloved child of God. Because God is good and because God loves you, “…all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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