Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart
Isaiah 46:3-4 Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
I've been doing a lot of pondering tonight. Mostly about why I am who I am and why I am where I am. I think sadly of the middle east and wonder why I wasn't born there or in China or on some desert isle. Why was I born in this generation rather than in the 1700s? or earlier?
I realize how very blessed I am in a million ways~ I can't even begin to list the blessings. My life is different from others I know.
God has given me material blessings suitable for a king. I think that when I see pictures of the Sudan and asian nations. I have so much. I deserve so little and need so much less.
I am thankful for where I am in the history of the world. I would love to be around when Jesus returns. I ponder these things too.
20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
The Coming of the Son of Man
25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
The Parable of the Fig Tree
29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
In 1948, Israel became a nation officially. I have always pondered these last verses and wondered about them- I would be among that generation.. I was born in 1947. God's word has lasted for thousands of years. I believe them and trust that no matter what, He is sovereign.
I sometimes feel rather uneducated against others and their knowledge of scriptures- I don't know enough and don't read straight through, and truly, I have 'dry' times when I don't get to read at all for a while.. but I always feel that 'nudge' to return. God gently leads me back.
Enough said. My soul bless the Lord.