"God's Covenant with Abram"
15 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." 2 But Abram said, "O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue[a] childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" 3 And Abram said, "Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir." 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: "This man shall not be your heir; your very own son[b] shall be your heir." 5 And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be." 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
I'm not sure why we question God's promises as much as we do. I take that back... I am sure. We question God, because we judge his promises according to our experiences with people. People, our children, our spouse, our boss, our coworkers, our pastor.... every human being will let us down. Even we, ourselves, will mess up and fail to keep all the promises we have made.
Abram was doing the same thing. He was evaluating God's promise to give him an heir according to his experiences with mere humans. Didn't he know who he was talking to? Do we forget who we are hearing when we hear or read God's Word?
God hasn't promised you a million dollars. He hasn't promised you that you would be great and powerful. He hasn't promised that you will live a peaceful and easy life. SO don't even think that God is giving you a raw deal when bad things happen to you.
On the other hand, he promised to Abraham and to all the generations afterward that he would send his one and only Son .... AND HE DID! He promised that he would forgive our wickedness and forget our sins..... AND HE DID! He promised that he would rise on the third day..... AND HE DID! He promised that he will come back and take us to be where he is... AND HE WILL. He promised that he will come again to judge the living and the dead and restore his kingdom to what he intended before the fall... AND HE WILL!!
Trust his promises for the sole reason that HE IS GOD. He is not a mere human who fails. He is God and he always does what he says he is going to do. Trust in Him and have peace in His most certain promises of eternal life for you!
Prayer: Lord, when I doubt you, because of my experiences with this fallen creation, put away my fear and doubt and replace it with your peace and joy. Amen.
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Preschool reserved noon; Fellowship Hall floor stripped and waxed noon
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Lydia Miller 11- George Pezold
Altar- Set up- Dane and Jodi Baldwin; Clean Up- Pam Linke
Elders- Sat- Jason Cluver; 8:30- Randy Sweet; 11- Steve Robine
Greeters- 8:30- Rich and Peggy Talbert; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier 8:30- Youth; 11- Youth
Piano- Sat- Kathy Barrow;
Projectionists: ????? A new schedule will be put together this week
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Where is the Valley of Ben Hinnom?
Directions to the range: DO NOT follow the signs to Whetstone Creek. If you follow the signs, you will not go to the firearms range. From Warrenton take I-70 to the Williamsburg exit. At the top of the ramp turn right and head north into Williamsburg. At the first stop sign go straight (Sign will tell you to turn left to go to Whetstone Creek CA - do not turn left). At the second stop sign go straight. Road will turn to gravel as you leave Williamsburg. Once road turns to gravel it is approximately 2.3 miles to the range on the right. Parking lot is before the range.
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