This week’s reading in the One Year Bible has been very exciting. I have been reading about Elijah in 2 Kings and about the struggles of the Apostles in the book of Acts. And I loved reading and journaling on both!
I already talked about my favorite reading from Elijah earlier this week in my post about fitness and career and don’t want to be repetitive so makes sense to talk about another passage here. Especially because, despite my love of Elijah, it was this passage that affected me most.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed. – Psalm 139:15-16
Just to give the proper context I want to begin by pointing out that the verse before this clearly says that God created (made and knit) together the psalmist before he was born, so there is no doubt that this passage is talking about God as creator as opposed to merely a watcher.
According to this passage God not only knew us before we were born but knew our destiny as well. This is because he created our destiny just as he created us. We are told that God has a very specific plan for our life, down to the moment, and has recorded it in detail in his book.
I wrote over seven journal pages on the application of this passage to my life and will try to condense them here as best I can!
To begin with I think this passage makes it obvious that God is pro-life but I will leave that discussion for another, far in the future post. The main thing I want to talk about in this one is what this passage has to say about God and his plan for each of our lives.
To me, this passage reinforced what I learned earlier in the week (from the story of Elijah) by making it clear that God is the architect and driving force in our lives. But I felt it went even farther by telling us that our destiny has actually been written out by God down to the moment.
We can run away from this destiny (as Jonah did) or even reject it but I believe that this passage says that God has written those things in too. The way I see it this doesn’t nullify free will but it does tell me that there are things about time and eternity I do not understand.
It also tell me that every mistake we have ever made has a purpose. As such, we should try to understand the purpose in the events of the past and allow God to help us turn it to good.
So I tried to do that this week and the more I did the more good I saw.
One of the things that really pulled all of this together for me was the book this passage mentioned because it reminded me of a dream which has been on my mind lately even though I dreamt ten years ago this summer.
The dream was a memorable event for me. It was filled with color and light and more detailed and coherent than any dream I’ve had before or since. Initially, I felt sure it was from God because I had said the 23rd Psalm before I dreamt it. But over time I began to reinterpret in light of the New Age teachings I was exploring.
Looking at my journey into New Age through the lens of Psalm 139:15-16 makes me think that particular detour was meant to be. But I still have questions.
Would my life have been different if I had chosen the right path? Would I have ended up in the same place I am now but sooner? Or would I have ended up here in this place ill-prepared?
Only God knows the answer to that. But I do know this.
- The teaching I was given in the dream was not about New Age. It was about the teaching of Jesus.
- The sapphires and rubies weren’t about crystal therapy, they were about Isaiah.
- The color blue in the dream was not about the third chakra, it was about Israel.
- The tree that was cut back was not about my family ties to the witch trials of Salem. It was about being grafted onto the tree of God’s people.
- The helping words that came to me in the dream weren’t about my old blog, they were about what I am supposed to do now.
- The book I was given wasn’t written by me. It was written by God. It was familiar to me only because I had been living it.
How simple it seems!
In the beginning I knew some of those things. But I wasn’t right with God then and that made it possible for the enemy to twist things. But now I understand.
For with God comes clarity.
Dear God. Please help me to always remember that my life is recorded in you book. Help me to always remember that you have made me to a purpose and that you have called me and forgiven me and reinstated me so that I could fulfill that purpose. Please help me to always remember that I am of value to you. Give me the courage and faith to live my life as you have written it. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Next Week’s One Year Bible Readings
2 Kings 6:1-7:20
2 Kings 8:1-9:13
2 Kings 9:14-10:31
2 Kings 10:32-12:21
2 Kings 13:1-14:29
2 Kings 15:1-16:20
2 Kings 17:1-18:12
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