As you prepare for today, what is your first question? It’s important to consider it since it will be the most important question of the day as it will set the stage for the rest of the day.
What if you received an email that the airline cancelled your ticket? What if the travel agent told you that the flight was full and they couldn’t do anything other than get you a ticket on another airline since that would be their cheapest option. What if you called the airline directly to discuss the situation?
God is good and I am on the exact same flight home. God is good as it was only $40 more since the original fair was so cheap it was cheaper than the full return fair. God is good as the $125 change fee was waved. God is good … all the time! God’s way is better than our way!
So where are you at today? What will be your first question?
Devotional, Psalm 2, Matthew 2:1-18, Genesis 2:18-25, Genesis 3, Genesis 4:1-16
What if you were reading the Bible? What would your first question be? Consider the first question from Psalm 2…Do you realize that we find the answer in Acts 13? Just like yesterday the answer is Jesus! The question was about Jesus! The anticipation of a savior! The seeking for the anointed one and the messiah!
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? –from Psalm 2:1
32 “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm:
–from Acts 13
Even from the beginning when Jesus was born, we could see the nations conspiring and the people plotting in vain. Consider…
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. –from Matthew 2
And as I said before Jesus is the answer and as Psalm 2 concludes, we see they realize that too…
Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
–from Psalm 2:12
As the end draw near (we may not know the exact day or time, but we know it gets closer with every moment, every hour, every day) Jesus is the answer, the place we can turn for refuge, for safety, for peace! So we need to not only start a relationship with Him before then, we should start it now so that He can lead us and guide us every step of every day until that day when He returns!
Ever consider the first question in the New Testament? The wise men asked
Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? — from Matthew 2:2
The were looking for the messiah! They were looking for the one who had been foretold in the Old Testament! They were looking for the one who would fulfill the hopes and the dreams of the ages! And we see how they responded when they found Him!
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
–from Matthew 2
As we read thru the New Testament we will find more faith building content about how Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecies! Today’s reading we find in 3 more examples of things that were prophesied about the messiah that were fulfilled in Jesus!
Consider where He was born…
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” — from Micah 5:2
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
–from Matthew 2
Consider what Joseph and Mary did because of the threat of king Herod…
When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
–from Hosea 11:1
13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
–from Matthew 2
Consider what Herod did because of the thread of the baby messiah…
This is what the LORD says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” –from Jeremiah 31:15
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”
–from Matthew 2
Jesus is the answer! What’s your first question going to be? How will you receive this answer? How will you respond to this answer?
Do you know why? Because God is good all the all the time! All the time God is good! Don’t allow doubt and fear to come in and rob you of all the good God has planned for you! Don’t allow the devil to come in and rob you of God’s promises! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight! Where do you turn when you have questions or want to talk? Our first inclination should be to turn to God and ask Him! Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness! Don’t let the devil rob you of every good and perfect gift God has created and given to you! Don’t allow pride to trip you up! Don’t allow the devil to make you fall! Put your trust in God!
Consider the first question that showed up in the Bible that the devil put into the minds of Adam and Eve…will you trust God or be tempted by the devil? how would you respond? The first question revolved around God’s goodness!
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
–from Genesis 3
So if God’s Word says it is wrong, what do you do? how do you process that? Do you obey or consider testing that? Do you realize how much God has already given you? Will you trust that He knows what He is doing? God created stuff so we wouldn’t have need! God created other people so that we would have one another and not be alone! Can’t we live within the ways of God? Can’t we live within everything He has given us? What is the temptation of the forbidden fruit? Can you avoid the pitfall? Can you avoid the temptation?
So knowing that Jesus is the answer, what will be your first question?
What do you think God’s first question was? or would be? Since we all have sinned and fallen away from God…our response is probably similar to that of Adam and Eve and we are hiding…
Where are you? — from Genesis 3:9
God sees all and knows all! He didn’t give up on them and He hasn’t given up on us! He is looking to find us and restore our relationship with Him! Jesus is the way for us to be restored back into relationship with God! Jesus came and gave His all so that we can be reconciled back to God! Jesus is the one who not only conquered the grave but also broke the chains of sin so that we could be free! Jesus is the one who in the end times will throw the devil into the fiery pit crushing the serpent which was called out in Genesis. To crush the serpent’s power, Jesus had to give His life on the cross to provide that gateway to reconciliation! He did it, He endured the suffering of the cross, and we read it in Hebrews
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. –from Hebrews 2:2
It was totally worth it to Him so that we could be reconciled back to God!
Do you realize it is up to us? We have the responsibility to choose how we will live our lives! We have the responsibility to choose if we will have a relationship with God or not! Do you realize that the first question someone asked of God was about responsibility? We don’t need to be looking for a scapegoat! We don’t need to be playing the blame game! Let’s take responsibility and ask Jesus into our hearts and be transformed from the inside out and start living out a relationship with Him for the rest of our lives! We have responsibility for how we live out our lives! How we live it in relations to our loved ones! How we live out our lives in relations to the people who come into contact with us! We all have a choice to make! We all have a responsibility for our actions! So let’s walk around being a blessing to the people God brings into our lives daily!
So let’s consider that first question asked by a human to God…
So let’s pray…
I thank You Lord for this day and for Your Word! I thank You Lord for Your creation that you have created so that we may enjoy it! Forgive me Lord for not enjoying every good and perfect gift You have provided me as I have looked for me. Forgive me Lord for allowing the devil to trick me and to trip me up by questioning Your love and Your goodness. Lord, I praise You for Jesus who came that I am able to be forgiven and be reconciled back to You! Here I am Lord! Help me to walk in a way that will glorify You! Help me Lord to be a good and faithful servant! Help me Lord to be an ambassador for You today and always! I ask all this in Jesus’ name so that You will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory. Amen.
Sin is knocking at the door! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! So take hold of God’s warning and receive Jesus! Turn to God — it’s a choice and you get to choose!