Exactly how fortunate you are may be unknown to you. I am sure you are very much aware of the fact that you are fortunate in that Jesus died for you (and me), and in obedience to His will, our sins are forgiven. This is tremendously important to the spiritually thoughtful person. As each day comes, as each year passes, this becomes all the more important to each of God’s children. The psalmist said, “There is no soundness in my flesh Because of Your anger, Nor any health in my bones Because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me” (Psalm 38:3-4, NKJV).
Can you relate with these words, this sentiment? Surely you can. Moreover, you have come to appreciate all the more the importance of Jesus’ death on the cross in order for you (and me) to have our sins forgiven. We are very fortunate!
We are very fortunate in another way also. Consider what Peter wrote to those Christians scattered about in the area that we know today as Turkey (Asia Minor then). “Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things which angels desire to look into” (1 Peter 1:10-12).
There are two points that I want to bring to your attention. First, the prophets of God in the past were very fortunate in receiving from the Almighty the privilege of knowing what God had planned for those who love Him. With this privilege came a great responsibility. To Jeremiah the Lord made this abundantly clear. “Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them” (Jeremiah 1:17). Just as one becomes all the more aware, and all the greater appreciative, the responsibility becomes all the more serious. Sometimes the weight of this responsibility becomes too heavy. When it does, and even before it does, to the Lord one must depend and on Him one gains relief.
Second, another area in which we (today) are fortunate is that we know more now than what they did then. I understand the trepidation some might have in saying, “I know more about God’s will than Isaiah did!” The humility associated with this trepidation is commendable, but it is true! Isaiah was extremely fortunate, as was Jeremiah and Daniel. Yet, what Daniel knew from God he wrote down; Jeremiah did the same. As far as the Scripture is concerned is it somewhere recorded that Jeremiah knew more than he spoke and wrote? “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29, NKJV)
The Lord has revealed to His people what He wants them to know. What we know today is more than what Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, Moses, etc., knew. If that is not the case, then what do you think Peter meant when he said what he did?
“…if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me [Apostle Paul] for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:2-5, NKJV).
YOU are very fortunate, and you can show your gratitude to the Lord by your love and obedience to His holy will.