C-17°|F1°Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day.
--The Message Psalm 139:16
I believe God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. Simply put this means I believe that God is all-knowing, ever-present and all-powerful. If I believe God is omniscient than I must also accept the fact that God knew me before I was born. Actually, I believe He always knew me, and you of course. This is one of those times where it is difficult to "wrap your head" around this idea for it is beyond our comprehension. This is where we simply must accept the fact that God, who is all-knowing, has always been aware of us.
This idea can be rather frightening. God knows you. He knows every intimate detail and He knows when you will stand for Him as well as when you will fall flat on your face. You don't think so? Remember Peter on the night of Jesus' arrest? Jesus told him he'd deny him three times and that is exactly what happened. Interestingly enough despite the denial, three times, we find these words recorded in Mark 16:7 (NIV) But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. Peter is specifically mentioned. I believe this is important because I can just see Peter sort of hanging back and thinking... He doesn't mean me. No, He means everyone except me because of what I did. At this point the messenger could say, "No Peter, the angel said to tell his disciples AND Peter. Can you imagine the joy Peter must have felt?
Before I was born, before you were born, God saw us. He knew us. He saw our successes and He saw our failures. He saw our laughter and He saw our tears. He saw our weaknesses and was aware of our fears. He knew ever pit you would ever descent into. He saw it all. Knowing everything He knows, He still calls out to us and says: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 How can we be sure He will do this? Because He already knew and He still laid down His life for us and calls us to "Come."
Dear K--I love Mark 16:7. That Jesus singled out Peter for the good news speaks of Jesus forgiveness louder than anything else I know. I suppose that is special to me, because I have fallen flat so many times, and there's always been a message: "Go tell Ron that I love him and forgive him." And the Holy Spirit is the messenger. And Standingalone has finished the story. Amen. :) YBIChrist--Ron