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Acts 3:17-26 (NIV)
17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’ 24 “Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
From the time of Abram, through the ancient prophets, to the day of Jesus and beyond, God has been making a way to call all people to himself. Consider that! God’s blessing and promise to Abram reaches out to claim you and me. Consider that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection were for you. God had you in mind! Now, what does that mean this day? As we struggle through the hard parts of our day, will you take a moment and ask God for help, for wisdom and peace? As you rejoice with friends and family this day, will you take a moment and thank God? When we have chosen our own way rather than God’s way, remember that God is for you. That you are loved and chosen, forgiven and made right by God.