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@creationswap/ Zach Fonville

Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 by Ennis Smith

James 5:12 (NIV)Above all, my brothers, do not swear-not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.

How many times do we let ourselves down? How many times do we disappoint the ones we love? Each year, millions of people make new-year resolutions destined to failure. Every day, parents make promises to children but renege, for a myriad of reasons. We make promises we have no real intention of keeping. Each broken promise diminishes our trust in ourselves. When we lose trust, we lose faith.

James tells us to keep it simple. Promises are not necessary, to bind a decision into action. We need to have a transformation in our way of thinking. Romans 12:2 says, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The power of “Yes” should become the binding word. Conversely, the power of “No” should also be a definitive answer. Anything other than “yes” or “no” is the work of the evil one.

The world teaches us, it is perfectly okay to recant on a promise, because they’re broken every day. But, as Christians, we need to hold ourselves to higher standards. Jesus never had to promise anything. His word was his bond. When He said “Yes,” it was done. When He spoke “No,” it was undone. Today, let your “Yes” and “No” speak to the truth of your character. Let these small words prove your trustworthiness.

Today’s writer lives in Lincoln Park, MI with his wife and children.  Contact

Even When We Don’t Know When

Sands of timeby Taylor Cummings  
12/21/2013 / Devotionals

Matthew 24:36, “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

At the end of Matthew 24, we read about when the Son of man will return. We know He is coming back, but we also know that we don’t know when. We are supposed to live ready for when He does come back.

Tonight God gave me an interesting thing to think about in my own life based off of this simple verse.

Verse 36 says that not even the Son himself knows when He is going to return. Only the Father knows that. Regardless of that, though, He knows He is coming back. It’s not a matter of “if”… it’s a matter of “when”.

I’ve found in my life that I always want to know when things are going to happen. “When” am I going to meet my husband? “When” will I get to start my own family? “When” will the things I’m believing God for come to pass?

There is a major problem with wondering “when” all the time. Instead of me resting in the fact that the Father knows, I keep asking “when”.

As I think about the promise God made to me about my future, I realize that it’s not a question of “if”; rather, it is a question of “when”. I haven’t (up to this point) lived in faith that God really will do what He said He will do because I’ve been too wrapped up in this “when” question. Sure, I believe that someday He will do what He promised, but I don’t live as if I believe it. I don’t live prepared when it comes to being ready for the day I see His promise to me come to pass about being with my husband.

Jesus doesn’t even know when He will be coming back, but that doesn’t change the fact that He knows He is. I’m sure He doesn’t worry about “when” because all He needs to know is that His Father knows.

What would happen if I stopped asking “when” and I started truly being still and knowing that God is God?

In the middle of this last year when I dealt with the biggest struggle I’ve ever faced, all God laid on my heart to do was to be still and know that He is God. In all honesty, I haven’t been still even once in that period of time. I’ve ran myself ragged and done everything I could think to do in an attempt to avoid any moments of time to think. By me running, I found it really was just showing how I didn’t really trust God. In those moments I was trying to avoid, I needed to be still and realize that God is God.

Do we really know God?

I spend so much time telling God about my problems that I very rarely stop to get to know Him. When I think about it, that seems so silly, because He is I AM.

I AM – the Alpha and Omega.
I AM – the Beginning and the End.
I AM – the First and the Last.
I AM – your Comforter.
I AM – your Shelter.
I AM – your Healer.
I AM – your Refuge.
I AM – your Savior.
I AM – your All in All.

In the moment that I am still and know that God is God, I don’t have to worry about “when” anymore. Even when I don’t know when, I know my Father. I know His character. I know that I can be still in His presence, and He will take care of me.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You’ve been showing me that if I stop dwelling on the “when” question and I begin focusing on You, I find rest. Lord, I see how not even the Son knows when He will return. Only the Father knows, yet because the Son knows the Father, it’s okay for Him not to know. Help me know You more. I desire to know You. Bring me peace as I rest in You. In Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

My name is Taylor. I desire to become a published Christian writer at some point in my life, but whether published or not, I want to write for God. If you’d like to read more of my devotionals, you can find them at http://taylorjasmine.blogspot.com/

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