Promises, Promises, Promises
It’s not that everything is always going right, but that God is forever faithful and keeps his promises.
When I became a parent 25 years ago, I became a worrier, (or one who worries if you don’t like made up words). Children do that to you. You get concerned about every little thing. Will they be healthy, will they be smart, will they have friends, will they be athletic, will they be gay, will they find love, will they find happiness, will they be accepted, will they find a job, will they have a career they love, will they dream, will they live out their dreams, will they have peace, will they know God, will they trust God, will they operate in God’s will for their lives. .. as they get older the concerns become more profound, at least for me.
The children that I’ve been blessed with are one type of worry, but add a spouse and what you desire and are concerned for their lives and your lives together, will they still love you when. .. Will you still enjoy each other’s company when. . Will. .. when. .. LOL again that may just me, unless of course you’re honest with you.
Then parents and brothers and sisters and family and other folks business. Bills, finances, traffic, health, health care, homelessness, the poor, 3rd world issues. .. see “worriers” can find things to worry about.
Then I get the congregation and Community that I’ve been blessed to serve, Lord have mercy you can only imagine the worry that comes when you are responsible to teach folk to trust and believe and worship and desire and love and obey God.
4:20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
4:21 being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
4:22 Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
4:23 Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone,
4:24 but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
4:25 who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.
But God and God’s promises. Recently, I’ve had a lot going on, and every time I could almost get caught up there’s another Rainbow another gentle reminder of God’s Love and Promise. So, in all things I’ve learned to trust God, to never waver, to not worry, to simply enjoy the life God has blessed me to live.
It’s really funny though, God will indeed make living enjoyable even in the midst of trials and tribulations, even when kids do their own thing, even when church is not what you were expecting, even in sickness, even. …. All we must do is remain faithful. The promises God made way back when are for us and our children and our children’s children and even for their children. No need to worry, just be faithful, trust and believe and watch God’s promises be revealed in your life.
Merciful and gracious God Thank you for your faithfulness towards us. Thank you for your patience and your consideration towards us. Help us, guide us, direct us to your promise. In Jesus Name, Amen.