So I’m trying to read the Bible through, and I’m never going to make it.
Partly because a few days ago I read something that made me raise my hand and ask, What about me, Lord? For the next two days I picked up the Bible and started in that same place to read it again.
David wants to build a temple for the Lord. The Lord says, No, but then He goes on to declare to David grand promises about his future.
David says, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men, O Lord God.” (1 Chronicles 17:16-17 NIV)
I have this childish impulse to say, Not fair! What about my future? Is David just a lucky one to have God declare future goodness over him?
My mind started racing through the Scripture, and I realized God has spoken about my future, too.
And yours, if you are in relationship with Christ.
I landed in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and started to make a list of everything that speaks to my future.
A really long list of…
Things I am to be.
Things I will have.
Things I will know.
I refuse to tell you what these are. Don’t you want to curl up with Ephesians and a notepad and a blanket (well, a blanket if you live in Montana in April) and discover this list for yourself?
Maybe no one has every spoken goodness into your future. In fact, maybe your parents or a cruel family member or a friend or a teacher told you your future held nothing. They were wrong. If you know Jesus, everything you’ve ever wanted is in the days ahead of you.
I have to tease you with this one hope, from Ephesians 2:6,7: “And God raised us up with Christ…in order that in the coming ages [my coming age is 45 –what’s yours?] he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Incomparable riches. That’s what’s ahead of us.