Genesis 1:1-31

It is obvious the actor is God.  It is He who initiates everything.  I was struck by the repetition of "and it was so".  God said it and "it was so".  Father, as I read Your word this year would You constantly remind me that You are speaking to me; that I would see and know that the Bible is Your voice to me.

Please Father, make me as receptive to Your word as the original creation.  May it be said of me as I hear Your voice "and it was so".

Matthew 1:22

Throughout Matthew, we will see prophecies fulfilled.  God always does what He says He will do.  Matthew shows us that uniquely in the life of Jesus.

My Lord and My God, may I always trust Your word because You do what You say.

Ezra 1:1-2

To fulfill the word of the LORD to Jeremiah, God instructed Cyrus, king of Persia, to build Him a house in Jerusalem.  In 2 Chronicles 35:22-23, we are toldCyrus allowed any of the Jews who desired to return to Jerusalem to build the temple to do so.  To me Cyrus is one of the most interesting individuals in scripture.  In Isaiah 44:28, the LORD refers to Cyrus as "my shepherd" and in Isaiah 45:1 Cyrus is called the LORD's anointed whose right hand He holds. 

Acts 1:4

Jesus instructs His disciples to stay in Jerusalem, to wait for the promise of the Father, for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes I struggle with waiting.  I am one of those who isconstantly looking for the shortest line to the cash register.  Psalm 37:7 says "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him".  Psalm 46:10 says "Be still, and know that I am God". 

Oh LORD, thank you for keeping Your word, Your promises.  Please teach me to know, faith in Jesus requires me to be patient and wait on You knowing your promises are better than anything I accomplish on my own.