The Lord remembers

Remember, the Lord Remembers (1 Chronicles 16:14–15)

I’ve been waiting a long, long time for some things to happen: for a walk down the aisle … a cradle and arms filled with softness … and for hearts of loved ones to turn to Jesus.
The funny thing about waiting is it can be all consuming. It inhales my attention, chews my focus and swallows my thoughts, leaving me in a place of uncertainty and doubt. Yet when I remember God’s faithfulness in Scripture, I trust his faithfulness in my own situation.
When dust and debris threaten to replace passions, dreams and callings, remember God’s promise to Noah and “all living creatures” in Genesis 9:15: “I will remember my covenant between me and you.”
When there’s no pitter-patter of little feet, remember Genesis 30:22: “Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive.”
When fear, worry, doubt and anxiety enslave, remember Exodus 2:23–25: “The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and … God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant … and was concerned about them.”
When guilt consumes and you fear God will never forget your sins, remember Isaiah 43:25: “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
When hope is scarce, remember Luke 24:6–7: “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, … ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”
When your marriage is on the brink of despair, remember Deuteronomy 8:2: “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness.”
Recalling these accounts in Scripture helps me remember his goodness in my own life. When I can’t see how he is moving on my behalf, I choose to remember that he promises to be just as present and faithful to me and you today as he was for others in the past.

By Samantha Reed
Taken from NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women

Shirley Anne

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Promises

CHILDREN OF GOD’S PROMISE (Galatians 4:4–5)

The law was given as a guardian, a steward of the relationship between God and his people until the promise of the coming Messiah was fulfilled. It was established by God to uphold a standard of holiness and make a way for people to temporarily atone for their sins. God determined the time between the giving of the law and the fulfillment of the promise for our benefit. Not a moment of what went on before Jesus came was wasted. The Israelites of the Old Testament lived with expectation, waiting for God to fulfill his promises. Like underage heirs, they were subject to their guardian, the law—and that arrangement made them no better off than slaves. But Jesus came “to redeem those under the law, that [they] might receive adoption to sonship” (v. 5). He was the fulfilled promise that made adoption into God’s eternal family possible. Believers are children of God. And they share in the mind-blowingly abundant inheritance of the Lord himself! There is no more uncertainty: God calls believers his beloved and they walk in the close, deeply affectionate, committed love of their heavenly Father. Jesus, thank you for freeing me from doubt, from slavery and from solitude. Thank you for making my adoption into God’s family possible. Amen.

Taken from NIV The Jesus Bible

Dear reader perhaps you would like these promises too? They are yours too when you turn to God through Jesus Christ. It isn’t a hard decision to make though many think it is for all sorts of reasons. It is the easiest and best decision you could ever make in your entire life. Remember that the life you now have will end one day so wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that there is something better to look forward to afterward? There’s only one way to find out and that is to seek God in your present life. Once you depart from this world it will be too late. God is faithful and will keep His promises if you believe and trust in Him. The way is through Jesus Christ, He is the way, the truth and the life and no-one comes to The Father except through Him!

Shirley Anne