Day 23: The Maker of the Future

Acts 4:27-30 :

“For truly, in this city against your holy servant, Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever your hand and your council foreordained to happen. Now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy Servant Jesus.”

This passage tells us a wonderful thing that we should not forget. Even though bad things happened to Jesus, all of those things that happened were planned by God. Nothing at all happens in this world that God didn’t first plan. He even planned our plans before we do. All we know is that we are making decisions, but God already knew we would make them before He even made us. Isn’t it great that God is in complete control of every event that takes place on earth? We have no reason to fear if we trust in God. Even the bad things that happen are included in God’s plan and even though it may be hard for us to understand, I believe that He will make it very clear to us in His time.

Another wonderful thing about this is that He wants to hear from us as His children. These first Christians were well aware of this and they took advantage of it by asking God to give them the strength to do what He wanted them to do.

What they asked for is also what we should ask for. We need “to speak… with all boldness” and ask God to do His signs and wonders in Jesus name through us. That way God’s work will flow out to people around us today. We can ask and participate in God’s plans just like they did: by praying. Isn’t praying an amazing opportunity? We don’t have to have any special training because, for us, praying is just talking to our Father. We just need to do it in belief, and when we do, things happen because our Father makes the future.