30th September 2020
“But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
2 Corinthians 1:18-20 (NKJV)
We have just been scammed! A few weeks back we ordered for the church what appeared to be an amazing kids playground structure at what was an amazing price - too good a deal to pass up? In hindsight, I should have known better and as it has turned out it really was too good be true. This last week a parcel finally arrived, and instead of a massive structure we have received a very small package with AirPods in it. We were promised one thing and got something entirely different, although the ‘company’ in China vows and declares they are not scammers. Many of us have probably anticipated the outcome of someone’s promise only to be let down when they didn’t follow through, or we may have even failed ourselves to follow through on a promise. However - all of God’s promises are ‘Yes and Amen’, not ‘maybe’ or ‘possibly’ or ‘if I remember’. The Bible tells us that God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19), and over the course of history that has been shown to be true over and over again. You may be waiting on a promise and the temptation can be to try and make it happen in your own strength, but know this - God’s timing is always better. Even Abraham - the man of faith - got tired of waiting and ended up having a child that was not the promise God intended, and it caused him some grief. Some encouragement to meditate on today is found in the following verses: “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?” (Matthew 7:9 NKJV) “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11 NKJV) “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV) By the way, in case you were wondering, we did not lose a fortune in the scam!