I almost died in a car wreck the other day. I was on the four lane topping a hill, when I looked for just a half-second at the radio. And as I crested the rise, something had me look up, and there the pickup truck was, moving slowly in front of me. I swerved to the left just in time to miss it.
The end of the trailer was the heighth of my windshield. A decapitation would have been the way I went out of this world.
I immediately knew that a higher power wanted me to live some more days on earth. I thanked God right there for quickening in me the impulse to look up. I could not see the truck and trailer, but He did. I got this sensation that God really was watching over me.
A couple of days later, I opened the Good Book, and it literally fell open to Isaiah 46: 3. I started reading: “ “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Wow! I looked in the mirror at my gray hair, and thought, He has always had His hand on me. I flashed on some of the close calls with death–the Viet Nam War days of hell, when the mortars stopped their ungodly loud footsteps just before they fell on me–the times in my youth when I drove drunk all over the road and somehow did not kill myself or anyone else.
And then I realized that He has held on to me since I was conceived! He not only knew me, but has protected me and lifted me up since my conception in my mother’s womb! He has carried me since my birth into this cruel old world. And, yes, even to my old age, gray hair and all, He is still sustaining me. For He created me and He promised in this passage of scripture that He would carry me. “I will sustain you, and I will rescue you.” He really has all my life.
Then I looked again and saw that this passage is written to many other people, not just to me. He is saying this to the whole House of Jacob and all who remain of the House of Israel. I know through my studies that the House of Jacob/Israel consisted of all twelve tribes. And that ten of those tribes were lost after they were carried away captive around 700 B. C. And I know that the Savior Himself 700 years later said that He was sent to these “lost sheep of the House of Israel.” The apostle James writes his letter “to the twelve tribes scattered abroad.” I also know that the other two tribes were Judah and Benjamin, who were the Kingdom of Judah, and that they were not lost.
The point is that God knows us from our beginnings. He knows us personally, and He has sustained and helped us our entire lives–for a purpose–His eternal purpose. Now we must fully believe this His love for us, and we must seek out just what purpose He has for us.
His kingdom is literally coming to earth. Christ is the King of kings. He is “bringing many sons unto glory.” Of course, He will look after them from their conception. He has a plan for them. KWH
*Isaiah 49: 1