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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Words of Encouragement March 10, 2013

Our pastor continued the theme of "change" this morning. He shared several scriptures that point out that, in a world that seems always to be changing, God does not change His love for us. He has a plan and appointed times for each one of us.
Isaiah 55:8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts."

We tend to try to design our own lives and make our own plans. We are not always patient to wait for God to make His plans clear for us. That is often when we make a mess in our lives as Abraham and Sarah did when they allowed Abraham to get a son, Ishmael, through the handmaiden when that was not the son of God's promise, Issac. The strife of those brothers continues to this day.

We need to train ourselves to wait on God's time and His program. The plans of man will often seem good but they go astray. But we can always trust God's plan. As we wait we should be cheerful rather than frowning and grumbling as the Israelites tended to do even as God was leading them from slavery to the Promised Land.

God has a season for all things and 
He will make it right and beautiful In His Time.

A Verse for Today:
2 Peter 3: 8-9 (NIV)
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Thank you Lord for a plan that is richer than I can even imagine. And thank you, I trust you, for making all things beautiful in YOUR time.

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