One Day at a Time

Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” John 21:18-19

There are certain passages in the Bible where God revealed outcomes to the people long before they happened: Hezekiah, Nebuchadnezzar, Mary and Joseph, Peter, and Paul all come to mind. He doesn’t do that often, but for whatever reason it’s necessary to give those details. As it happens, Peter did die a fairly old man in 67 AD, probably in his 60s. Perhaps it gave him supernatural boldness and confidence to preach the Gospel. Think about it, if you knew you were invincible until you were “old,” how would that change the way you did things?

For most people, though, that kind of revelation would be too much, especially if the outcome were bad within a shorter period of time (i.e., “you’ll not see age 30” could have a devastating effect on you).

It’s interesting to note that none of those mentioned above asked to know more than what the wisdom of Scripture revealed. Yes, Hezekiah did “negotiate” with God but initially God had revealed the plan to him.

We should be really thankful God gives us what we need and when we need it. One day at a time is all we should seek. If He happens to reveal more than that, we should know that it’s not the normal way God works, but it is one of the ways.

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