“For the Joy Set before Me.” If you are familiar with the Word of God, you will notice that the quote above is incorrect. I have changed one very important word.
The word is “Him”, (Jesus)… and the phrase should read “For the Joy set before Him …He endured the Cross”.
God has many attributes of which Omniscience is one. This attribute means God knows the past, present and future. We live our lives based on yesterday. We know nothing of today until we live it, and we do not know anything about tomorrow. In fact the future is like a mystery play or novel where the author has written a plot that unfolds with each curtain or chapter.
When we read the story, it takes us through all our emotions as we become involved in the characters. We too are living a story. Like the characters in the play or novel we too have a beginning and ending. Ours is a story with pages and chapters that represent the seasons of our lives.
We think we can control the novel by taking charge, making decisions, planning out our lives. But, if you have learned from your past experiences; you will understand that all you can do is plan in pencil. Someone else has the eraser.
Our future is a mystery to us, but not to God. God has created everything, including time. He stands outside of time, above time and sees everything at the same time. That is why He knows your beginning and ending.
Your life story is no mystery to Him and He does not want it to be a mystery to you either. So He gave you a book to read. As with any creation the product comes with a book of instruction that we must follow.
You know what that is. It is no different than the owners’ manual you received with your new car, television or washing machine. This book called the Bible answers all your questions by the one who created you. It unveils the mystery play or novel in which your life and death are written into.
The Bible is the history of mankind’s past, present and future. It has been called HIS-Story, because it was written about Him. Your existence is not about you…it is about HIM. But look closely for you are written in the story as well. Your story is about your individual journey. The book gives you clear directions on how to find your way to two distinctly different places that will become your home forever….hell or Heaven.
The paths are clearly marked, but the choices you make along the way will determine the path you are on. The good news is that if you are on the wrong path there is always time to change. The bad news is that change of direction can only happen until your last breath. Then your destiny will be sealed by you alone, by the choices you made. You are responsible for your path through life and your ultimate destiny…not God.