VICTIM OR VICTOR?
I was woken up early this morning with the numbers 711. I looked it up in the Strong's concordance and it means "best". Not much there. I see even now as I start to write this devotional it is exactly 7:11am. I went to bed crying last night, thinking about what is presently transpiring in the USA. I was thinking of my brothers and sisters and just all the uncertainties that they are surrounded with. Troubling times indeed and no one is exempt from the outcome and repercussion of the decisions that will be made from the powers that be.
I decided to have a further look into the number 711 and saw that it comes from the word "boulé", which means counsel, deliberate wisdom and decree. The description is as follows:
1012 boulḗ – properly, a resolved plan, used particularly of the immutable aspect of God's plan – purposefully arranging all physical circumstances, which guarantees every scene of life works to His eternal purpose.
This level of God's plan (1012 /boulḗ) demonstrates He is the Lord of history, i.e. always in charge!
[1012 (boulḗ) is more than God's immutable plan of physical circumstances. It always also includes the Lord's purpose in them – and hence arranging all the physical scenes of history before creation (Ps 139:16; Jn 1:3).]
From the above we can conclude that He is saying that nothing can ever happen to us without Him prior knowing that it will and that it has an eternal purpose. I know that in our programming through the years joy has been equated to happinness, but the two are vastly different. Happiness is dependent on circumstances, and joy is not. It is in our times of testing that we are told by James in the first chapter of his letter that we should count it all joy when we go through various trials and testings. Such wisdom to this world is absolute absurdity! I think we sometimes personalise the scriptures we read that we forget the context it was written in. James wrote this letter in a time of great persecution. The church were running for their lives and were dependent on each other for provision by the grace of God. They were in the extremity of the faith. Faith ultimately tested, and yet James said, "Count it all joy".
How does one obtain this joy that is not dependent or affected by your circumstances? The joy of the Lord is our strength. In Hebrews 12 we read the following: