Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Faithful Promises

When Aaron and I visit friends that we haven't seen in a while, whether it be a month, two months, or even a year. We typically hear about how Katherine has changed (physically) so much and how she looks like both Aaron and me or one or the other of us.

As I see her from day to day it is sometimes difficult to see how much she has truly changed, but when I go back and look through pictures or videos, I am amazed at how she has changed over the past few years. Not only do I see physical changes, but I also have seen the external influences that surround her. Whether those be from mommy and daddy, friends and family, or the things that she is exposed to in this world. I will hear her say things, like, "oh mommy, you're a silly goose" (hmmm...don't know where she got that from LOL) or I will hear her sing Christian songs off of KSBJ or talk about the stories of the bible that were taught to her; even sometimes the not so nice things, like pushing or being mean to her friends or us.

I love the fact that the God of the bible created her and us perfectly in His image. He created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). He created everything that we see and everything that we are; even though we may change over time, whether that be in body or spirit, our God is always the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). We can always trust that He will never change. The promises that He made to Sarah that she would give birth to a son at 90 years-old (Genesis 17:17), David "that his descendants would continue to rule, shining like a lamp forever" (2 Chronicles 21:7), the Israelites returning to their promised land (Ezra 1)and to Hannah that she would have a son after being barren (I Samuel 1:20); were all fulfilled.

Even though our lives, our circumstances, and the world around us changes, we must continue to believe that those things that were promised to us whether they were yesterday or ten years ago that we must have hope, never give up, and keep our eyes focused on the God of the bible that gave us the promises in His word.

I am not sure the promises that you are longing to be fulfilled; whether they be that you have that perfect spouse that comes along, that your family comes to know our Father God or comes back to Him, that you get that perfect job, or that you find a loved one that was lost. I pray that you never stop hoping and that you don't allow yourself to grow cold towards the Lord because you haven't yet seen what you have been hoping for.

Read God's word today to know the promises that He has for you. Remind yourself and others of them. Look back at all the promises that He has fulfilled for you, remind yourself of how faithful God has been in your life. Always providing for your every need, even at the midnight hour. Encourage a friend or co-worker that is struggling with how their world is changing, yet nothing they had hoped for was going the way they had planned.

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