‘And has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord.’ Acts 17:26–27 NKJV
Let’s look at three phrases in this Scripture:
(1) ‘And has determined their pre-appointed times.’ Your parents may not have wanted you, but God did. He scheduled the moment of your birth, has a purpose for your life, and you are constantly on His mind. If that sounds too good to be true, read on: ‘You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God.’ (Psalm 139:16–17 NLT) And that’s a foundation to build your self-worth on!
(2) ‘And the boundaries of their dwellings.’ God’s will for you requires being in the right place; that’s why He sets ‘boundaries’. Sometimes He will say, ‘Don’t go there, I want you over here,’ or ‘Don’t stay here, I want you over there.’ Because someone else goes somewhere and succeeds, doesn’t mean you will. ‘The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.’ (Psalm 37:23 NLT) Include God in every detail of your life, for where He guides, He provides.
(3) ‘So that they should seek the Lord.’ Every act of God in your life is designed to increase your dependence on Him. Every assignment He gives you will require His participation in order to succeed. With all his great talents, Paul acknowledged, ‘Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.’ (2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV)
SoulFood: 1 Jn 1:1–3:10, Lk 10:38–42, Ps 78:32–39, Prov 20:1–3
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