Thursday, December 6, 2012

And It Came To Pass

"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat,
and summer and winter, and day and night will not cease"
- Gen. 8:22.

I lifted the window shutters on Monday morning and behold, the garden was white, it was snowing—overnight the first snow of the season arrived in Geneva. I was mesmerized at the swift change in the landscape and the pristine beauty of the freshly fallen snow, and  marvelled  at the awesome splendour of God's handiwork.

Where did time go? It seemed it was just yesterday we needed the air-conditioners to cool down the summer heat, now the heaters are on.

But that is what God said more than four thousand years ago, while the earth remains summer and winter, heat and cold will not cease, and it came to pass. The arrival of the snow is a fresh witness to God's fulfilment of His promise.

Sometimes when the nights are as turbulent as are on a stormy sea and I am tossed about like waves driven by forceful winds, one calm assurance holds my heart at peace, and that is, the night will pass and morning will come. And it came to pass that as light breaks out at the dawn of a new day, I have another witness to God's faithfulness in keeping His word.

My spirit is lifted up because I am assured that God Whose covenant with day and night can not be broken and Who promised that day must follow night, will fulfil everyone of His promises concerning me (Jer. 30:29).

He declared to Abraham that his seed shall be a stranger in the land that is not theirs and they shall serve them, but in the fourth generation they will come back (Gen 15:13-16). And it came to pass at the end four hundred and thirty years, the Israelites went out of the land of Egypt. God kept His promise made to Abraham.

"God is true. His Word of Promise is sure. In all His relations with His people God is faithful. He may be safely relied upon. No one ever yet really trusted Him in vain. We find this precious truth expressed almost everywhere in the Scriptures, for His people need to know that faithfulness is an essential part of the Divine character. This is the basis of our confidence in Him. But it is one thing to accept the faithfulness of God as a Divine truth, it is a quite another thing to act upon it" - A. W. Pink

A dear friend of mine shared his weekly newsletter last Sunday, the title: Do not leave it to chance. Set the standard,  caught my attention and I wanted to find out more. He wrote that God does not leave things to chance. He sets the standard of how things should turn out. God does so by declaring His word. As established in the instances I cited earlier, His Word always come to pass.

So my friend said that’s what we need to do as Christians, instead of validating the bad report we receive or declaring how bad our circumstances are, we ought to declare God's word concerning the situation. He challenged us to consistently speak the Word of God and like seed planted at seedtime, it will bring forth fruits at harvest.

We know that between the seedtime and harvest, there is a waiting time and here lies the problem. We must continue to align our confession with the truth of God's word while waiting.

A. W. Pink asked in his book, The Attributes of God: Are we really counting on God to fulfil His Word? "Are we actually expecting Him to do for us all He has said? Are we resting with implicit assurance on these words, 'He is faithful that promised' (Heb. 10:23)"

I let out a deep sigh as I read this…

I know what it feels like praying day after day concerning a situation or a person, and rather for the situation to get better, it seems to take a turn for the worst, more twists and complications are thrown into the mix.

It is at such times I have to remind myself again and again that God's Word is a swift messenger, it hurries to fulfil the purpose for which it is sent (Ps 147:15). No matter how bad the situation may get or how long it seems to take, the sequel will demonstrate—And it came to pass.

But am I in all circumstances and at all the seasons of my life acting with the implicit assurance that I believe and know from experience that God is faithful to His Word and He will do what He promised to do? Or do I worry, become anxious and agitated when things go wrong, become difficult or challenging?

Perhaps you are also pondering on all the promises you received at the beginning of this year and it seems they are not yet fulfilled even as the year is fast coming to an end. And because of this, you are troubled, wondering when these words would be fulfilled. Let me this one assurance give you—God has never forsaken or deceive His child. You matter to God, that is why He inscribed you in the palm of His hands (Isa. 49:16).

The scripture abounds with many illustrations of God's fidelity in fulfilling His promises. Nature and seasons speak day after day of God's faithfulness to do what He says He will do. You can rely on the unchanging faithfulness of God. When you are tempted to doubt His faithfulness, wait and see if day will follow after night, if it does, God Who keeps covenant with day and night will keep His promise to you. And it will come to pass.

It is upon this divine character of God that we anchor our confidence as we look into 2013 and we can safely declare that there shall be a performance of every prophetic word spoken concerning us.

Will you act upon this divine truth that if God declares His word, the only sequel to His promise is "And it came to pass"? 

If you will anchor your hope on His unchanging faithfulness as you navigate your life's course the rest of this year and beyond, I can assure you that God will faithfully adher to His promises concerning you.

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