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The Promises of God

“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”Genesis 8:20-22

Right after the flood we see this promise of God regarding the seasons. Seedtime and harvest continue. Cold and heat continue. Summer and winter continue. Day and night continue.

Weeks like this we are vividly reminded of winter. Cold has come. We finally have some snow this winter and if a weather predicting rodent is to be believed (or we could just refer to the calendar) we have six more weeks of winter. Hopefully we all give thanks for our warm homes and the Lord’s provision even the cold short dark days of winter.

But even in these days we have the promise of spring that is to come. The earth will heat up again. The flowers will bloom, and the trees will bud. The grass will turn green. The older I get the more I look forward to the spring. The less I like the cold. But in the days of winter I have hope and I do take great joy in the consistency of our God. And I know that His promises are sure.

I may be longing for beach weather and an early spring. But God will take us all through the days that he has for us and the weather which He has foreordained. Enjoy the promises of God this week. May His truth be that which you focus on.

Isn’t it funny, or perhaps it is sad, that we can get so distracted by the world and the things that clamor for our attention and we don’t often stop to enjoy this world God has made for us to enjoy? Have you noticed the days are getting a little longer? Did you enjoy the mild January we had? Or were you hoping for more snow?

Take a break from the news of the day and enjoy snowflakes falling from the sky. Take a look at the moon and the stars. Enjoy the sound of the wind and remember the words of Jesus.

“Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said you to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’” John 3:5-8

May the simple sound of the wind remind you of your redemption.

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