Lay It Down

I need to remember this…

God is reminding me again today that this is important.

One of my favorite historical accounts in the Old Testament is when King Hezekiah received a letter telling him that a gigantic Assyrian army was coming to destroy his city, Jerusalem.

Hezekiah had only a very small army.  No contest.

But King Hezekiah had faith in God.   So he took the threatening letter to the  temple and spread it out in front of the LORD.  King Hezekiah knew who held the real power in this world and it wasn’t the Assyrian king with his huge army.

Do I need to tell you how this story ends?  God took care of it and the King of Assyria had to take his much smaller army home without one arrow being shot at Jerusalem.  The next day, the king’s sons murdered him.

This is the kind of thing that happens when you and I lay our concerns down at God’s feet and leave them there.  When we go to him, trust him and let him handle it the way he wants to, he works it all out for our good.

He has promised….

and he always keeps his promises.

Your will be done, Father.

Count On It

I can be very disappointed.

When someone I counted on drops the ball, forgets a promise or doesn’t come through for me when its important, it’s hard to take.

And it’s hard to trust that person again.

It’s difficult not be become cynical the next time that person says they will do something.

But God always keeps his promises – it’s a characteristic of his that I count on every day of my life.

God is trustworthy – he always has been and he always will be.  Joshua tells us, “Not a single one of all the good promises the LORD had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.”

Everything.

The Bible is filled with promises God has made to his children and he will keep them all.

You and I can count on it.

Thank you, Abba Father.

He Always Keeps His Promises

We don’t.

We forget.

We change our minds.

It gets too hard.Jan 6 2016 he always keeps his promises

Circumstances change and now we don’t want to do what we promised.

None of these describe God.

Ever.

He always keeps his promises.

Forever.

We read in Genesis 15 about God making a covenant with Abraham (Abram) that he would make him the father of a great nation.  Abraham asks for a sign so Abraham and God go through a ‘seal the deal’ ceremony.

Normally in this ceremony, all of the people making the agreement would walk through a line of carcasses of animals which had been cut in two.  This symbolized a committment of all they owned if they didn’t keep this promise.

So Abraham set up the animals but only God, in the form of a blazing torch, passed through them.

This was a one-sided covenant because God knew Abraham would sin and fail.  It was going to happen.

But God would never fail.

God would make it happen.  And he did make it happen.

Because he always keeps his promises.

Re-reading these historical records of God’s faithfulness brings me peace and security.  God hasn’t changed.

The entire Bible is proof of God’s faithfulness to us. His love for us.  His plan for reconciliation with us.

Its HIStory.

It’s all about you, Abba Father.