Thursday, February 28, 2008

Faith and February...

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).

Just as surely as February's gray skies, snow covered fields, brown trees, and dark-blue, icy streams will eventually give way to spring's soft breezes, sunny skies, green leafy shoots, and colorful flowers, so will God fulfill His promises at His appointed time.

In the midst of February, it feels as if winter will never give way to spring; the grayness of it all lingers on. And so it is at times in our lives, waiting for God to open the doors, to bring about the fulfillment of a promise, to show us the way.

The Psalmist says in Psalm 37:4-5, 7a, "4 Delight yourself also in Lord and He will give you the desired and secret petitions of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord--roll and repose [each care of] of your load on Him; trust (lean on, rely on and be confident) also in Him, and He will bring it to pass. 7a Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him, and patiently stay yourself upon Him." And in Psalm 57:2, he says, "I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me--Who brings to pass [His purposes] for me and surely completes them!"

Spring will surely come...