Monday, December 19, 2005

FAITHFULNESS - God keeps His Word!

UNFULFILLED EXPECTATIONS! [Isaiah 55:11; Expectations]

Our Sunday evening song leader carefully and thoroughly prepared the congregation to learn a new chorus: “I Am the God that Healeth Thee,” by Don Moen. With a certain flourish, he pressed the PLAY button on the tape deck … suddenly the velvet-like tones of Dean Martin filled the sanctuary with “When the moon hits your eye, like a biga pizza pie … that’s amore!”

Life is like that … we all get lulled into false expectations and are surprised by the results.

Martha expected Jesus’ support but was humbled instead. [Luke 10:38-42] The Pharisees expected to trap the Lord with their conundrums but had the tables were turned on them instead. The lame man expected silver or gold but received healing instead. [Acts 3:1-8] And the rich man, because of his worldly success and wealth, expected to see heaven only to awaken to his worst nightmare. [Luke 16:19-31] Another rich man expected to live out his retirement satisfied with his good fortune, never suspecting his soul would be required of him that very night. [Luke 12:16-23]

The redeemed will do well not to count on anything this side of heaven … except that the Lord God Almighty will keep his word.

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