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Give me some proof!

January 15, 2019

When someone makes a promise to us, we want some proof that they’ll keep their word. If it’s a new colleague, we may assume that they’ll do what they promised, because they got hired by someone. When it’s a spouse, we are reminded of the vows to be faithful to each other. If it’s a complete stranger, we might be pretty skeptical until they prove themselves.

Maybe it’s because we know our own hearts and our tendency to overcommit, to lie, or to manipulate that makes us so skeptical. Whatever the reason, we are generally skeptical. And the more often we’ve been deceived the more skeptical we become.

But what about God? Is He someone we can trust? Will He keep His promises?

God made a promise to Abraham, then to his son Isaac, and to his son Jacob, and every generation after that: I will make a great nation as numerous as the stars and the sand. I will give you this land, wherever you set the sole of your foot.

Jump ahead in the account to Deuteronomy, Moses’ last sermon before the people cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan.

“See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them. At that time I said to you, ‘I am not able to bear you by myself. The Lord your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are today as numerous as the stars of heaven” (Deuteronomy 1:8-10).

The promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were fulfilled. Their descendents had grown in number to an estimated 1.5 million people. The land where their forefathers had been nomadic shepherds was theirs for the taking.

“But I don’t have 400+ years to wait!” might be your desperate response. God does.

Could it be that the lack of seeing God’s promises fulfilled is not because of God, but because of us? We twist and misinterpret God’s promises to make them fit what we want them to say. Isn’t that making God in our own image?

For example, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Does that mean that we’ll never have any troubles? That the car will never break down? That we’ll never get cancer? No. What it means is that God will never leave you nor forsake you – no matter what happens in your life.

If you can’t see the proof of God’s faithfulness in your life right now, start reading the Old Testament. Those accounts are full of God’s faithfulness. Since He was faithful then, He’ll be faithful today. That’s the proof you need.

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