Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©
Dogs have surrounded me;
a band of evil men has encircled me,
they have pierced my hands and my feet.
I can count all my bones;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.
But you, O LORD, be not far off;
O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
(Psalms 22:16-19 (NIV))
How can anyone read this and not recognize Jesus in these words? How can they read the words that David wrote hundreds of years before Jesus came to this earth and not see the amazing accuracy of how they were fulfilled?
God is amazing. God is awesome. He tells us what He is going to do before He does it, and yet, we still often fail to recognize that He is in the middle of everything. David wrote of His hands and feet being pierce. He wrote about the visible sign of distress and the bones being able to be counted. David told us about the guards dividing His clothes and casting lots. How many things do you want someone to accurately write about before you will believe them? Now, add the dimension of time and see what happens.
David was given the words to write that would transpire hundreds of years after he was no longer alive. He knew what would happen. He did not know when, but I am sure that he knew that God had given him something much more than he could understand. We have the luxury of being able to look back at what was written and then what actually transpired, yet, too many fail to believe. Could we have become so used to hearing the words that they have simply become like a child’s bedtime story to us? It sounds good, but it didn’t really happen.
In the next few days that lead to what we call Good Friday and then to Easter Sunday, think about the probability of these words coming true without having been set in motion by God. I am certain that you will realize the astronomical improbabilities of these events occurring just as they were described by David. Now, I have a task for each of us. Let the events engulf you. Let the grace enfold you. Let the crucifixion humble you, and let the resurrection empower you.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV))