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I ponder while I prep. I ponder no matter what I’m doing, frankly, because that’s what I’ve always been – a ponderer. And now I’m a ponderer and a blogger so I’m taking a break from all the slicing, dicing and mincing to tell you what I’ve been thinking.
Faith, hope and love.
I’ve been thinking about faith and I’ve been thinking that it seems to be often misunderstood. I hear people say things like, “I have faith that God is going to heal him.” And I always want to ask, “Did God say He was going to heal him? Because our faith is in His promises.
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. James 2:23
Abraham believed specific promises about offspring, about land and about all nations eventually being blessed. Specific promises is the operative qualifier. So, by all means, believe His specific promises – believe that He will never leave you or forsake you, believe that His plans for you are ultimately good and trustworthy, believe that He is preparing a place for you. But don’t have faith that He is going to heal your loved one on this side of heaven unless He specifically told you He would. If you do, you’ll likely be disappointed.
But you can have hope.
Hope in His ability to do anything He wants to do. Hope in the fact that nothing is too difficult for Him. Hope in every good thing you know about His character. Hope in His love for you.
And then love Him no matter the outcome.
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” …From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:60, 66-69
Happy New Year everyone! Stay safe tonight.
© The Reluctant Baptist, 2014