For years if you had asked me if I knew the Bible, I would have answered, "Of course! I grew up going to church. Until I was 18 I went to church three times a week; Sunday morning and evening and Wednesday night. That's not even counting revivals, Vacation Bible Schools, and Christian youth camps. Do I know the Bible? — What a foolish question."
Beginning to read the Bible faithfully after being saved at the age of thirty-four, I discovered a lot I did not know or had learned that was wrong. I prayed Lord Jesus; please correct what I have learned that does not match Your word. I thought the process would take a few months, and that would all be straightened out.
One of the first things He showed me was that some of the songs I loved to sing in worship did not match His Word. Carol and I discussed this for many Sundays on our way home. It proved to be a great blessing for us both because we began to talk about the difference between what we and others thought versus what the Bible said.
I am sure by now you are asking, "Okay, what does this have to do with this passage of Scripture? Good question.
Years ago, I read a touching poem "Footprints in the Sand" printed on a picture of footprints on a beach. That poem seemed to be an excellent description of my life. Then I read this passage.
It is a great help for me to put my name in Scripture as the LORD speaks. It is too easy to think He is speaking only to those stubborn Israelites or hard-hearted Pharisees or unbelieving scribes. Using that method, Isaiah 46:3-4 says, "Listen to me, Roy, you have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save."
See what I mean? Suddenly that poem was incorrect. A Biblical picture would never have two sets of footprints, just the one set of God's as He carries me from beginning to end.
Earlier I stated I was saved when I was 34. But Scripture has "tweaked" my thinking about that as well. Now when asked the question, "When were you saved?", my response is "From my perspective or God's?" To me, it sure seems like 34 is the correct age, but Ephesians 1:3-4 offers another answer. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him."
So, from God's perspective, I was saved before the foundation of the world. That is why He can say "Roy, before you were born, while you were still in the womb, I carried you and I will until I bring you home to be with Me."
I pray as you read God's word this year, He is graciously correcting and tweaking your knowledge of Him and yourself.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the gift of Your Spirit. It is our desire for Him to teach us all things. Holy Spirit, correct our wrong thinking, teach us to know our Savior, not as we think, but in Your truth. Father, thank You for carrying us from beginning to end.