It’s been said that if you want to hear God laugh, simply tell Him your plans. While there isn’t really any Scriptures that indicate that God laughs at our plans, the Bible does regularly mention the importance of submitting to God’s plan for our lives. One of the most quoted verses in the Bible reads as follows:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
God Knew me before I was born.
God has Seen ALL!!! My/your case is not the first in existence!
Challenge? Surprise God! I dare you 😏
Amazing, ALL is Known!!! Our beginning, our path, our end!
So… I had an event, a life changing event. This was Known from before my birth. Everything is Known. The story of our lives has already been told!!!
A person’s days are determined; You (God) have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”
Isaiah 30:18 (NLT) encourages us with these words: “The Lord still waits for you to come to Him so He Can Show you His Love and Compassion. For The Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for Him to help them.” “Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Amen.
It silences me when I consider the number of Jesus’ days were Known before He was sent to Earth. To not start yet, Jesus attempted to disobey His Mother at the occasion of His first Miracle. In John 2, when Mary says, “they’re out of wine”, Jesus replied, “..my time has not yet come”. Right after that he turns water into wine. Why did he say those lines like he doesn’t want to do it but then did it anyway? How is what he said relevant?
In John 2, when Mary says, “they’re out of wine”, Jesus replied, “..my time has not yet come”. Right after that he turns water into wine. Why did he say those lines like he doesn’t want to do it but then did it anyway? How is what he said relevant?Answer6FollowRequestAd by The Motley FoolForget Netflix. This could be the next cable company.Why this tiny company might take down Netflix (and explode in value).Learn More21 AnswersJeff GravesAnswered October 1, 2017
Was Jesus being disrespectful or unkind in the way he addressed his mother at the wedding feast in Cana?—John 2:4.
Shortly after his baptism, Jesus and his disciples were invited to a marriage feast in Cana. His mother was also there. When the wine ran short, Mary told Jesus: “They have no wine.” In response, Jesus said to his mother: “What have I to do with you, woman? My hour has not yet come.”—John 2:1-4.
Today, for someone to address his mother as “woman” and to say to her “what have I to do with you?” would likely be considered disrespectful, even insulting. But to lay such charges against Jesus would be to ignore the cultural and linguistic context of the event. An understanding of the usage of these expressions in Bible times would be helpful.
Regarding the term “woman,” Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words notes: “Used in addressing a woman, it is a term not of reproof or severity, but of endearment or respect.” Other sources agree with this. For example, The Anchor Bible says: “This is not a rebuke, nor an impolite term, nor an indication of a lack of affection . . . It was Jesus’ normal, polite way of addressing women.” The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology explains that the word “is used as an address with no irreverent secondary meaning.” And Gerhard Kittel’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament says that such usage “is in no way disrespectful or derogatory.” Thus, we should not conclude that Jesus was being rude or unkind to his mother in addressing her by the term “woman.”—Matthew 15:28; Luke 13:12; John 4:21; 19:26; 20:13, 15.
What about the expression “what have I to do with you?” This is apparently a common Jewish idiom that appears a number of times in the Bible. For example, at 2 Samuel 16:10, we find David stopping Abishai from killing Shimei by saying: “What do I have to do with you men, you sons of Zeruiah? Thus let him call down evil, because Jehovah himself has said to him, ‘Call down evil upon David!’” Likewise, we read at 1 Kings 17:18 that the widow of Zarephath, upon finding that her son had died, said to Elijah: “What do I have to do with you, O man of the true God? You have come to me to bring my error to mind and to put my son to death.”
From these Bible examples, we can see that the expression “what have I to do with you?” is often used, not to show disdain or arrogance, but to refuse involvement in some proposed or suggested action or to express a difference in viewpoint or opinion. What, then, can be said about Jesus’ words to Mary?
When Mary told Jesus, “They have no wine,” she was evidently not simply informing Jesus of that fact but suggesting that he do something about it. Jesus used that common idiom to turn down Mary’s subtle suggestion, and his added words, “My hour has not yet come,” help us to see the reason for his doing so.
From the time of his baptism and anointing in 29 C.E., Jesus was keenly aware that it was Jehovah’s will for him, as the promised Messiah, to follow a course of integrity that would culminate in his death, resurrection, and glorification. “The Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many,” he said. (Matthew 20:28) As the time for his death neared, Jesus made this clear by saying: “The hour has come.” (John 12:1, 23; 13:1) Thus, in his prayer on the night before his death, Jesus said: “Father, the hour has come; glorify your son, that your son may glorify you.” (John 17:1) And, finally, when the mob arrived to arrest him in Gethsemane, Jesus roused the apostles from sleep and said: “The hour has come! Look! The Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”—Mark 14:41.
At the wedding in Cana, however, Jesus had just embarked on his ministry as the Messiah, and his “hour” had not yet come. His primary objective was to do his Father’s will in the way and at the time that his Father directed, and no one could interfere with his determined course. In conveying this to his mother, Jesus was firm but in no way disrespectful or unkind. Mary, in turn, did not feel embarrassed or insulted by her son. In fact, sensing Jesus’ meaning, Mary told those ministering at the wedding: “Whatever he tells you, do.” Rather than ignoring his mother, Jesus performed his first miracle as the Messiah—turning water into quality wine—thus demonstrating a fine balance in doing his Father’s will and acknowledging his mother’s concern.—John 2:5-11.
We are Known.
God Knows me Better Than I Know myself – Psalm 139:1-6
The first six verses of David’s song magnifies God’s omniscience – his vast knowledge, his all-knowing mind – AND pervades the entire song. To think that God knows everything about me causes me to marvel like it did David. From what I read here, I understand that God knows me better than I know myself. His knowledge is a searchlight into the deepest recesses of my being, even those thought-closets I want to keep hidden. Even if I willingly open the closet doors to let God in, there is still that little shoe box on the top shelf I don’t want him to know about. But who am I kidding? He already knows all its contents. Everything about me is scanned & searched & found out, discovered & uncovered by God’s all-knowing mind. When I sit down to read my Bible in the morning or to rest throughout the day or rise up to get back to work, and what I’m thinking when I do either – God knows it all.
God knows the direction my life is headed and what I do each day and when I lie down at the end of each day. He’s very acquainted with all my idiosyncrasies. He knows every word I’m going to to say even before I say it. (Perhaps I should think more about my words before I speak them. Ya’ think?!!) I am not alone on my journey, because God’s invisible hand of protection and power is there guiding me, even though I may be unaware of it.
This kind of intimate, personal acquaintance is truly “too-wonderful for me” – or as Billy Crystal might say, too “marvelous”. It would be scary if it wasn’t so very comforting. What’s most comforting about such knowledge? It is to know that “He who knows me best loves me most.” A friend once told me years ago when I shared some of my personal struggles with him that I am a whole lot worse than I am even aware of, but at the same time God loves me more than I can ever imagine. And THAT is something I can’t fathom. It’s truly beyond me like it was David. So, when I pray and ask God to search me and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts, I can rest assured that he will and he does.