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11 October 2013
GOD-TRACKING IS WATCHING FOR GOD TO ACTIVATE HIS PROMISES
Lucy looked at me suspiciously, “Do you really mean to say that God loves me no matter what I’ve done in my life?”
“Yes,” I said with a grin. I could see that God’s word was penetrating her hard-core 21st century young mind-set. “Why don’t you join our Bible studies? You’ll be able to ask any question you like and I’m sure that God will help you understand more about what Jesus has done for you on the cross.”
Lucy did come to the Bible studies for a short while but then stopped and I never saw her again, not until many years later when she walked into our church. I was very surprised to see her there. I’d given up on Lucy, assuming that she had strayed from God’s truth. But there she was, hands raised and worshiping the Lord. As soon as I had closed the meeting I made my way over to her. “Wow, I never thought I’d see you in church, Lucy. How are you?” Lucy excitedly explained how she had moved away but could never forget the words she heard at those Bible studies. “So, have you given your life to Christ?” I pressed hesitantly and received a resounding, “Yes!”
God once called a young man named, Jeremiah to be his prophet to rebellious Israel. Jeremiah was timid and afraid so God promised him that he would put his words into Jeremiah’s mouth when he needed them. Then God gave him a vision of an almond branch and asked him what he saw. Jeremiah replied that he saw a branch of an almond tree. The Lord then said, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” Almonds are very prolific in Israel but God was doing more than giving young Jeremiah a biology lesson. The word for almond in Hebrew is pronounced, shaw-kade while the Hebrew word for watching is pronounced, shaw-kad. God was using a pun in Jeremiah’s language to help him understand that when he speaks he watches over his words to activate his promises in his time. You see, when God makes a promise he keeps it.
I had spoken God’s word to young Lucy and had almost forgotten about her when she moved away. But God’s word – the seed of her salvation – was planted in her heart. It was no longer up to me to say anything more to convince her to become a Christian. God, by his Holy Spirit, was quite capable for doing that. He would watch over the word that I had spoken into her life for several years, watering it and feeding it, until she was ready, under the activation of that word by his Spirit, to respond and ask Christ into her life.
Dear God-tracker, it could be that God has made a promise to you. Perhaps he has given you a word about a loved one you have been praying for, for many years to become a Christian. Or perhaps he has called you into service and promised to meet all your needs as you step out in faith. Whatever it is that the Lord has promised you by his word… he is watching over that word and that he will fulfil his promises to you in his time. So put an almond in your pocket and watch and wait!
God-tracking is watching for God to activate his promises.
It’s all in the Book…
2 Corinthians 1:18-20
Verse of the Week
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley’s Fave Quotes
“Deliverance is always found on the ‘mount’; living faith must first prove to God that it has taken his word and promise for victory.” --- Rees Howels
Don’t Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
I commit my ways to you and stand on the promises of your word, today
“Thank you so much, my Lord, that you love me so much that you remain faithful to your promises to me. Even though it seems as though I don’t see any results of my prayers yet, I know you are watching over your word in my life and will bring about those answers in your time. Thank you for promising to meet my needs and heal my body. Thank you for promising to bring my loved ones to Christ and thank you for the hope I have that you will guide me in every aspect of my life. I commit my ways to you and stand on the promises of your word, today. Praise you, my God. Amen.”
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