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"Keeping Promises"

December 20, 2004

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You must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4

Time is a strange thing. When you want it to pass quickly, it seems to linger. When you want it to slow down, it seems to fly. Waiting is one of the hardest things to do.

We are not a generation given to waiting. How often we are surprised, when stopped at an intersection while driving, as the light barely turns green and people are impatiently leaning on their horn.

Yet we must often wait. Time gets heavy on our hands.

So it did with many waiting for God to keep His promise of the Saviour. “How long, Lord? How long?” So goes the anxious cry of the faithful, through the centuries. There were scoffers then, not expecting God to be true to His Word. But into this world of scoffers and complainers God was bold to keep His promise—whatever the cost. He will not deny himself. A promise is a promise. When the time was right, God boldly broke into history and sent His own Son to redeem us from sin and death: “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law” (Galatians 4:4-5).

Prayer: Lord, Your Word is always true. Give me faith and patience knowing that just as You gave Your Son for me, You will provide for all my needs. Amen

My Bold Action for Today: I will tell someone about God’s faithfulness and promise of His Son.
Rev. Jorma Tuomisto

Today's Bible Readings: Esther 1-2    Matthew 1    Luke 3

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