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Genesis 28-29; Mark 11

Time is a funny thing. There are times when it seems it crawls and other times it just speeds by us. We have both instances found in our Scriptures for today and believe it or not the words found here have signficance in the past present and future.

Jacob’s dream and God’s promise found in Genesis 28 took hundreds of years to come to fruition. God promised Jacob many descendants.

13 The Lord was standing there beside him,[a] saying, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your offspring the land on which you are lying. 14 Your offspring will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out toward the west, the east, the north, and the south. All the peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring (Genesis 28:13-14 [CSB]).

It would be hundreds of years before that promise would be fulfilled if not longer.

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In the next chapter Jacob works seven years for Rachel and he loved her so much those seven years seemed like just a few days.

20 So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her (Genesis 29:20 [CSB]).

I’m sure that has happened to you. Something you have worked on or been so involved with that you get lost in time and what is a long time seems very short either because of the goals involved or the pure joy of doing that thing. That was Jacob working for Rachel.

Remember the reference above that these chapters contain meaning for today? We find that in Jesus’ clearing of the temple in Mark 11. What does he say?

17 He was teaching them: “Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Mark 11:17 [CSB])?

Our brothers and sisters in Ukraine have taken that statement by Jesus literally and call their churches Dom Molitve (House of Prayer). Our Ukraine fellow believers waited for seventy-five years praying and praying for that day they would be a free people and then it happened. Their waiting was over and their churches exploded with new converts and opportunities for works throughout the world. The Ukrainian Church has become one of prayer and God has honored them.

What about the future? Well we need to look at the triumphal entry. Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Did you know that was an exact fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy to the day! Yes, Jesus fulfilled that prophecy made hundreds of years before to the day. God’s clock keeps perfect time. It’s never slow or fast. It’s just right. Why does that point to the future and time? Well like the Ukrainian Church we are all waiting for Jesus to return. Is that based on some wishful thinking or hard proven facts. I would argue the latter. If Jesus can fulfill a prophecy to the day, He can be trusted to be telling us the truth. So if He said He’s coming back again then He is. That should make our waiting easier. And in the meantime we have the opportunity to share what God has done for us with others while we wait.

Father God thank you for the gift of time. Thank you for showing us your faithfulness and power through time. Help us to redeem the time during these days to share your goodnes and grace and salvation with many. We love you and pray these things in Jesus Name, Amen.

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Ezekiel 46-48; John 16

I have been to Ukraine 30 times in the last 27 years. It is always good to catch-up with my friends and do ministry together. They are a hearty lot those Ukrainian Christ-followers. The love the Lord and speak longingly for His return.

The first question I ask them when we greet each other is, “How are you doing?” Or, “How have you been?” They have never, and I mean never, said “good” and they have never, and I mean never, said “bad”. What the have done is quote this verse to me every time.

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John16:33 [ESV])

They have had it hard there. The country has been through a lot. A friend of mine was eight years old when a knock came on the door and the KGB came and took his parents (his father being a pastor) and they never saw them again. Our brothers and sisters in Ukraine know how hard life can be, but they also know the only place that is safe and has a future for them is with their Savior. What a blessing they are to me.

Where are you today? Are you going through heartache and sorrow? Is every aspect of your life going well for you? No matter where you are this moment, be like our Ukrainian friends and take heart, because no matter what Jesus has overcome this world. Some day he will set all things straight. What a day that will be.

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