Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Promises, Promises!

Making promises can get you into trouble. I experienced this first-hand last week when I returned home from a four-day trip. The day I had been preparing to leave, my 13-year-old son (who is about as big as me now) wanted to wrestle in the living room. I was busy, but promised that we could wrestle when I got back from my trip.

Well, by the time I returned home, I was completely exhausted from traveling, but my son held me to my promise. We spent the next half-hour tangled up in a rowdy, sweaty jumble of arms and legs on the living room floor. When it was over, I sat down to catch my breath and began nursing my rug burns.

My relief was short-lived, however, as my 11-year-old daughter then seized the opportunity to jump into the fray. The rowdiness continued again (with a little more caution on my part) until finally I collapsed onto the floor and gave up. My energy was completely spent. My kids had mercy on me then and headed to the kitchen for a snack, content that I had made good on my promise.

You know, we have a Father in heaven who has made some promises to us as well. The difference is, we don’t have to hold Him to his promises. He is eager to fulfill them in us. Here are some examples:
  • “My God shall supply all your need…” (Phil. 4:9)
  • “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good…” (Rom 8:28)
  • “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)
  • “This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.” (1 John 2:25)
  • “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My love will not be removed from you…” (Isaiah 54:10)
The list could go on and on, but you get the point. Our Father loves us, and is eager to provide for us.

That’s what we rely upon here at South Mountain Christian Camp. Over and over again, God has proven himself to be faithful, to fulfill every promise and meet every need. We depend upon Him fully, even when we don’t know what to expect.

So many times, God uses people like you to answer our prayers and meet our needs in miraculous ways. It may be a donation of a chainsaw or air-compressor. It may be a financial contribution. It may be volunteers who show up, willing to help out in any way that they can.

We are so grateful to our Father who knows every need that we have and works through His people to meet those needs. There is a rest and peace that comes from knowing that Daddy has everything under control.

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