New Year’s Eve – December 31, 1999.
The world was sitting on the brink of a new year, a new century, a new millennium.
And they were waiting for technological disaster.
The dreaded computer glitch that would supposedly happen when two-digit dating in ascending order – 97, 98, 99 – suddenly reset at 00.
People were convinced that the world would come to its knees.
It never did.
Was that because people took precautions and circumvented the disaster? Or because in the end, it was a lot of hype? Hard to say.
But – bottom line – it was a prediction that didn’t come true.
Today I want to tell you about another prediction. A prediction given by the prophet Isaiah. A prediction given by God, through Isaiah.
And of course, it came true.
"When I say of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd,' he will certainly do as I say. He will command, 'Rebuild Jerusalem'; he will say, 'Restore the Temple.'"
It’s an amazing prediction – when you consider these facts:
• It was predicted over 100 years before it happened
• Cyrus had not been born yet
• The Persian Empire had not yet come into power
• The Israelites had not yet been taken away into exile
• Jerusalem and its glorious Temple were still standing
Did the people scoff at Isaiah? Did they think him a fool?
And yet…everything happened just as he foretold - just as GOD foretold.
Today’s "Bible Pick ‘Ems" comes from the book of Ezra – and it tells of the fulfillment of this prediction.
Drum roll, please…
"In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the LORD fulfilled the prophecy…He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom…Then God stirred the hearts of the priests and Levites and the tribes of Judah and Benjamin to go to Jerusalem to build the Temple of the LORD." (Ezra 1:1, 5)
You know what I love about these verses?
God fulfilled His prophecy.
God stirred Cyrus to proclaim His plan.
God moved the hearts of His people to accomplish His purpose.
I am inspired by these three principles –
1. Every single one of God’s predictions and promises come true.
He can be counted on to be faithful to His Word.
2. Every single one of God’s plans will be accomplished.
He can be counted on to be faithful to His Will.
3. Every single one of God’s people will be empowered to do what He has called them to do. He can be counted on to be faithful to His Work.
When you face difficult situations and feel discouraged, it’s important to remember who God is.
He keeps His promises.
He accomplishes His plans.
He empowers His people to fulfill His purposes.
He knows what will happen – and He is in total control of the future.
What promises are you still looking forward to?
Believe it – they’re going to come true!!
The Bible tells us so…
(Today I am linked with Super Sunday, hosted by Peggy, and Spiritual Sundays, hosted by Charlotte and Ginger)
"When in doubt, search God out!"