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July 14 Life Journal Reading Plan: Isaiah 19-21; Hebrews 11
S~ Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours. Hebrews 11:39-40 MSG
O~ God set up a system where ‘happily ever after’ is not a one-person, or even one-couple, story. In fact, He often allows our stories to be only partially completed with the need for other believers to come alongside or carry on after us. We are all part of a mission much greater… a family much bigger… and a future much broader than we can comprehend.
A~ So, when I see a woman of faith die in the prime of her life when her ministry to illiterate, unloved inner city children was just beginning to explode…
When I recognize with regret the mistakes I’ve made along the way…
When I hear of another pastor unjustly fired from a job where he was leading people to Christ and resurrecting marriages…
I can remember we are but members of a team. Another is called to continue, to flesh out, to perfect these ministries.
When I feel a longing to be in the mission field, I can remember that the people we financially support could not be there without us. My feet are not on Mexican soil, but I AM part of their team.
And when prayers go unanswered, I must not lose hope. God’s promise remain true, and I may not see the fulfillment of all His purposes and plans… but I can trust He is at work: in me, in the ones I love and pray for, and in the next generation.
P~ Lord, it is exciting and heartening to know that You have always been at work, and always will be… thrilling to know I am part of a team of faith-filled believers. The tiny slice of fulfillment of promises I witness in my life can serve as encouragement for those coming after me, as I receive encouragement from those before me who never saw fulfillment of promises and yet held on to faith-filled conviction of those things unseen and hoped for. Thank you for the Hall of Faith – the one in Hebrews 11 AND the one around me that reaches behind for centuries and for miles on every side. I can trust Your perfect plan. Help me submit to the part You are calling me to play today.