Promises. Turned to dust or delivered?
Week beginning: 30th April, 2017 | By Mark Barrell | London
"When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, 'I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.' And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised."Hebrews 6:13-15 (NIVUK)
As lawyers we know that a promise is a firm agreement, either orally or in writing, to perform or refrain from an act or action, and the performance of which can at times be conditional. The law teaches us too that as humans we are frail and often forget or fail to fulfil our promises.
In Old Testament Hebrew there is no specific word for "promise". Abraham had to take God on his own oath, trusting that he had both the ability (sovereignty) and integrity (faithfulness) to deliver. In the new covenant we have the benefit of knowing that God has already kept his promise in Jesus Christ, alongside the confident expectation of the promise of eternity which we, like Abraham, wait for with patience.
In the meantime, as we live as children of the promise, do we care that we are surrounded by others in our profession who don't?
Last week David Ferguson, a former LCF member serving alongside his wife Lorna (a former solicitor too) with OMF in Japan, died of cancer. In their last prayer letter before his death they wrote, "…we know that this life is not all there is. We have a certain hope. Yet we are surrounded by Japanese people who know nothing of that hope."
Will the testimony of David and Lorna and your assurance give you an urgency to make the promises of God known to others this week?
1. Give thanks and praise to God for his promises to you and ask that you will have the courage to share them with others.
2. For Lorna as she cares for their four boys – two at university stage in Scotland, and two at school in Japan. And that hearts will respond to the Lord Jesus following the funeral at which Chris Pain spoke. For many this was the first time they will have attended a Christian service and heard the gospel.