Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Appointed Times and Marked Boundaries


Acts 17:26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
The one man referred to in the above verse is Adam. Let us focus on the appointed times and the marked boundaries God has set for us.

Appointed times: See from Adam till now, so many generations of people passed. But God chose you and me to be on planet earth at this time. Just think about it! We could have born during the time of Hitler or even during the time of Jesus Christ. But this time, year 2015 is marked out for us. He is the only one who knows our time of death also.
If he has appointed time for our birth and death, the in between of birth and death is also appointed by him.

Ecc 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. For every promise to be fulfilled there is an appointed time. Heb 6:18 says “it is impossible for God to lie.” The healing he promised, the restoration he promised, the promotion or raise he promised is on its way at the appointed time. Every promise of God is inherited through perseverance and faith (Heb 6:12). Those who sow in tears will reap in Joy. Gal 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Marked Boundaries:  The place of our dwelling is also marked out by our Lord. The country we live in, the State, the city, the apartment number even to the tiniest detail, it is marked by our Good Lord. Some of us are like the Israelites worrying about the Egypt that we left behind when God is taking us to a promised land a land flowing with milk and honey. We are like Lot’s wife turning back. May be you had a good life back home. You may feel so insecure, so lonely in this new place. But if God has appointed your dwelling here at this time, He will provide and he will meet your needs. The same God who fed Elijah will feed you, sustain you and guide you. The school you attend, your job and everything else is under His perfect control.
Some may be wondering that I am here in this place by my own mistake (or sin). Even then, if we yield to Him, he can turn it around for His glory.

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