Reminder for Monday at lunch: We fast and pray for godly marriages for those who long to be married and for those who are married; for courage for men and women to walk toward marriage; and for humble, malleable hearts towards the Lord. *If possible, find a friend with whom you can pray, even if it’s outside the lunch hour.*
A few weeks ago, a friend in my Sunday school class shared how he and his wife have been reading a children’s storybook Bible to their daughter each night before bed. He said what he loves about this Bible is that it’s written in a simplistic way that shows how every story in the Scriptures points to Christ.
Every story points to Christ.
I can’t get that truth out of my head. It makes me excited, helps me re-focus my outlook on life and this fallen world, and renews my hope.
I’m reminded of Romans 1:21 that says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (NIV).
Yes, every story in the Old and New Testaments points to the coming of the Messiah (either His time here on earth or when He returns to set up His forever-kingdom), and so does every facet of creation – the way our universe is held together (Colossians 1:15-17); the body, soul, and spirit that comprises each human (Genesis 1:27); the institutions of government, marriage, family, and friendship; and the struggle between good and evil we see played out every day within ourselves and so clearly in current events.
Your story points to Christ.
Whether single or married, the story of your life points to His redemptive work and unfathomable love for you. As a believer, you are His bride, destined to be His and with Him for eternity. You are His adopted child, a full heir of His kingdom and glory. This sense of longing for something more is a picture of all creation earnestly, expectantly waiting for Him to break the effects of the curse once and for all (Romans 8:22-24; Genesis 3:14-19) and restore the broken relationship with Him.
Think about all the biblical characters (Abraham, Moses, Joseph, David – to name a few!) whose lives took crazy twists and turns only to prove even more powerfully that God was in control and that Jesus was Who He said He was. I know it’s as hard to relate to someone who lived thousands of years ago, especially when the “why’s” of their hardships have been made evident, but has God changed in His ability to make Himself known in and through the lives of His children?
Won’t you join me this week in reflecting on how your story points to Christ? What are the areas of your life that aren’t boldly revealing Him to the world as they should? Where can you look back and see His hand of protection or provision on your life? Do you believe and proclaim that He is good?