Like elves darting through a magical forest, I keep catching glimpses and passing shadows that alert me to details I’d long overlooked or somehow missed. I keep finding myself asking, “How have I never seen that before?”
Diving in the Gospel of Matthew this week during the #LentChallenge has alerted me to the precision of God embedded in the text. From the opening genealogy, we discover that exile and captivity have always been part of the great big story of God. Yet these have never stood in the way of God’s powerful work of redemption and renewal. If anything, they’ve spurred it on.
But as I read I was struck by the truth that we are part of something so great. God has been at work for a very long time orchestrating and aligning his plan of redemption.
In case no one has reminded you today, you are part of a bigger story.
And you play an important role in that story.
Through the family tree of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1), we see God in the details.
- Fourteen generations from Abraham to David.
- Fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile.
- Fourteen from Babylonian to Christ.
The Gospel of Matthew is crafted in such a way that we might know that God has not fallen asleep at the wheel. Rather He has been at work.
Such precision is seen in the band of scholars known as magi. The sight of a star in the eastern sky signaled his birth. That perfectly placed star launched them into a pilgrimage to worship the Messiah.
I love the way Eugene Peterson captures the moment:
Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time! (Matthew 2:9-10)
Throughout Matthew we see an exactness, the precision of God, appear time and time again. In John the Baptist. In those who needed healing. In the madmen and the pigs. In the storm. In the feeding. In the bottle of perfume. In the arrest. In the death. In the resurrection.
So just how precise is God?
More than any of us realize.
We will all encounter days when we’re tempted to question: Are we in the right place? Have we really arrived at the right time?
In those moments, remember this:
He has you where you are today.
He knows where you will be tomorrow.
God is far more precise than any device can measure. Even the .0001 and .00001 pale in comparison to just how much He knows you and every exact detail of your life.
So find comfort and encouragement. God wants to work redemption in and through you right where you are. [Tweet this]
May you live wide-awake for how God wants to fill you with His grace and use you for His Kingdom today.
I want to know what you’re learning during the #LentChallenge. What is Jesus revealing to your heart? What passage or verse is sticking out to you? What questions do you have about the reading?
(If you haven’t joined into the #LentChallenge yet, it’s not too late. There’s plenty of room for you. Download the free reading guide, here. Or sign up for the free reading plan on YouVersion, here).