As I begin a new year, I have always made some New Year's resolutions. A plan to change something, accomplish something, or just to make a focused goal. I don't always reach all of the goals that I set out to but I do like to have something to work towards. This year I have done something a little different and I have chosen a word of the year to focus on. I have chosen the word "STAND" as my word of 2015. (You can read more about my decision here if you interested.) My plan for the coming year is to recognize opportunities to stand.
As I read today's passage, a song started running through my head and it was only after I tried to find a youtube version that I realized that it totally matched up with my word of the year.
The final verse says:
Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.
Today's passage showed us some of the promises we can stand on:
When we let others choose first, or go first, or put the needs of others before our own just as Abram did when he let Lot choose his lands first, the Lord will look favourable on us just as He did to Abram. God can use us in whatever land or place we are if we call on Him...just as Abram did.
God has big things ahead for us, just as He did for Abram. Even when we try as rush things as Abram did when he married Hagar and produced his son Ismael, God did not change His plan for Abram's life. Sometimes we can't fully comprehend what God is doing or how He will accomplish something so grand. We doubt God, we often rely on our own way, we try and "help" God's plan along. May we become like Abram when it says" He BELIEVED the Lord" in verse 6. Let us have the faith of Abram in the promises of God.
We STAND in grace. We have hope where there should be no hope. God promises that we can rejoice in suffering and hard times because to makes us stronger. God promises that the Holy Spirit goes with us. These are hard things to swallow in a world that demonstrates a lack of hope. It is through Jesus that we have hope. Through His sacrifice that we can live. What a promise!
We just finished reading about the wrath that God displayed when he destroyed the earth and everyone in it during the flood. But Noah and his family were saved, even though they too were sinners. "...while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" We have the promise that God takes us as we are. Imperfect, undeserving sinners and yet Christ died for us to pour out His mercy and save us from the punishment we deserve.
It was one sin that separated us from God and it was one act that brought us back. What an amazing promise to stand on. We are one step away from turning our lives around. Stand and step towards God.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Genesis 16-17; Romans 6