The first snake in the Bible lived in the Garden of Eden and tempted Eve to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which she did. Then she took the fruit to her husband Adam and he ate. The snake thwarted the good that God planned for man, and since this time he has been a symbol of evil. Could he have set a pattern of preemption in motion through history?
Pharaoh feared the Hebrews in Egypt because they were too many, and he thought they might someday overpower the Egyptians. During the time of Moses’ birth, Pharaoh ordered the death of all Hebrew baby boys, but Moses was saved by a miracle.
Herod heard of a newborn King of the Jews, and during the time of Jesus’ birth, he ordered the death of all Hebrew baby boys. An angel visited Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt until after Herod’s death. Jesus was saved by this miracle. Satan showed up again after Jesus’ baptism to tempt Him and preempt His ministry. Jesus stood on the words of Scripture and was saved to bring about our salvation and eternal life.
During World War II, Hitler murdered more than 600,000 Jews, but in 1948 God gathered His people back to Israel to become a great nation.
THINK ABOUT IT
When you are in God’s will, do not be afraid and do not be discouraged when all hell breaks loose. “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. For ‘In just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay'” (Hebrews 10:36-37).
This is exciting! “Look at the nations and watch–and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told” (Habakkuk 1:5).
There has never been a more important time to be in the will of God than today. Be strong and courageous. Our Lord is coming, and He is bringing rewards for His people, even a great inheritance.
PRAY ABOUT IT
O Lord, our Lord, be strong in us today. Let your light shine in us to overcome the darkness that surrounds us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.