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The Father Revealed iv

God’s Promise to Abraham

17 Abram was ninety-nine years old when the Lord appeared to him again and said, “I am God All-Powerful. If you obey me and always do right, I will keep my solemn promise to you and give you more descendants than can be counted.” Abram bowed with his face to the ground, and God said:

4-5 I promise that you will be the father of many nations. That’s why I now change your name from Abram to Abraham. I will give you a lot of descendants, and in the future they will become great nations. Some of them will even be kings.

I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God. I will give you and them the land in which you are now a foreigner. I will give the whole land of Canaan to your family forever, and I will be their God.

Abraham, you and all future members of your family must promise to obey me.

I make these promises to you
because I am your God,
I care for you,
I am watching out for you.

You worry
and fret;
you try to force my hand
and make things happen your way
and in your time;
you cannot see the abundance
of your future,
but I can.
You will be blessed
beyond your wildest imaginings,
bigger than you could ever dream.

I am your God
and I will continue to be your God.

Lord I hear your promise,
your word,
your love,
revealing yourself to me.
As you are faithful to me,
may I be faithful
to you,
walk in your ways,
and know your strength
to do so.

The God of Abraham Praise

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A Faithful God vi

The Plot against Jeremiah

18 Some of the people said, “Let’s get rid of Jeremiah! We will always have priests to teach us God’s laws, as well as wise people to give us advice, and prophets to speak the Lord’s messages. So, instead of listening to Jeremiah any longer, let’s accuse him of a crime.”

Jeremiah Prays about His Enemies

19 Please, Lord, answer my prayer.
Make my enemies stop
    accusing me of evil.
20 I tried to help them,
but they are paying me back
    by digging a pit to trap me.
I even begged you
    not to punish them.

Who can I cry to but you?
Who knows the reality
of all that is happening,
but you?
Who understands rejection,
false accusations,
having your help
thrown back in your face,
but you?

That is why I can turn to you,
cry out to you,
trust you,
because you have been to these places
and you are with me
as I face them.

Faithful God,
I cry out to you,
in my pain,
my anguish,
my fear.

Please God,
hear me,
answer me,
make it stop.

Faithful God

A Faithful God iv

(No, I have not lost the plot, well ok, but not in putting this Advent/Christmas reading here in Lent anyway, March 19th is apparently Saint Joseph’s Day.  It also illustrates beautifully the faithfulness of God)

Matthew 1:18-25 (CEV)

The Birth of Jesus

18 This is how Jesus Christ was born. A young woman named Mary was engaged to Joseph from King David’s family. But before they were married, she learned that she was going to have a baby by God’s Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph was a good man and did not want to embarrass Mary in front of everyone. So he decided to quietly call off the wedding.

20 While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her. 21 Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 So the Lord’s promise came true, just as the prophet had said, 23 “A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.”

24 After Joseph woke up, he and Mary were soon married, just as the Lord’s angel had told him to do. 25 But they did not sleep together before her baby was born. Then Joseph named him Jesus.

God is with us,
God is with me.

In my confusion,
my wondering,
my questioning,
my doubting,
my disappointment.
In my certainty
of what to do,
and my realisation
that is not the right way.

God is here,
within
and around.

God is here
however I am feeling.
He is holding,
guiding,
reassuring,
pointing me
his way.

God is with me.
God is with us.

What a faithful God!

Faithful One