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Choosing Promise

26 Mar

Cloudy sunset

At times it is impossible to see down the road and around the corner. We have to go on the journey, not knowing what might happen. Life has both

mountain top exhilaration, deep valley grief and a myriad number of feelings in between. If we take that and throw in our own emotions and attitudes….well…..it can make for interesting scenarios.

There have been times in my own life when I didn’t know why certain things happened to me. My finite mind wanted to make sense of the situation. I just couldn’t. There have been other times when I’ve had the privilege of being extremely blessed, well beyond what I deserved. I tried to understand.

And yet…..

God understands. There is nothing that happens to me, or for me, or about me, that He is not aware of.  God is never surprised or taken aback by circumstance. He doesn’t “wake up” one morning and say, “What will this day hold?” He is already there, and He knows.

God, the Alpha and the Omega, makes promises. To me. To you. Unlike us, His word is one hundred percent true. He never makes a mistake. He is unable to tell a lie. What He says He means and what He promises happens. Always.

Isn’t there comfort in that? No, “I’m sorry’s”. No, ” I didn’t mean that.” No, “opps”.  His world is true. As I go through my days, trusting in His promises when the days are good and full, then when the days turn shades of gray and full of grit, I am ready. I have built my foundation strong upon the promises of the One who knows the plans He has for me.

Abraham, the great Patriarch, couldn’t see the future. He did not understand why God would ask him to take his son’s life…..the child that was his future. This child that would be the beginning of his father’s lineage…. that Abraham had been promised. When the way seemed confusing and the vision was murky…

Abraham chose to have faith.

He chose to rely on God’s promises to him….that he would have as many ancestors as stars in the sky.

He could have said no. He could have turned and run away. It would have been understandable. It would have made sense.

But, Abraham had spent years of his life….preparing. Walking with God. Trusting in Him.

And he saw God’s promise come true.

“…being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” ” Romans 4:21-22  NIV

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Today I am thankful for:

* a fresh start

* morning solitude

* a warm blanket

* cold water in my water bottle

* slivers of early morning light

*food in the fridge

* baby chicks chirping

* God who promises

* He who keeps His promises

* faith that stands firm

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