Sunday Inspiration: On a Rock with Jello Legs

On a Rock with Jello Legs

By Amanda Detweiler

Praise the Lord, all you nations;

extol him, all you peoples.

For great is his love toward us,

and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.

(Psalm 117)

Have you ever made a promise to a child? And all the seasoned parents said, “YES and I only made that mistake once or twice.” Why? Because children will cling to a promise as if the continuation of the world depends on its fulfillment. Promises to a child are absolute and nothing can change that, or better they won’t allow anything to. Time plays no factor because when they hear, Yes, we can get a dog someday, that day could be tomorrow even if to you it means when they are old enough to help care for the dog. So, they will tell people they are getting a dog and remind you that you said they could have a dog… someday.

There is also no obstacle that can keep them from believing that a promise made will come to pass. Honey, I’m so sorry but we aren’t going to be able to go out for a family movie night tonight, I have a stomach virus. Well, mommy how about daddy takes us and you can just stay here and rest.

But as we grow and become more responsible for our own future and the future of those we come to care for, believing in a promise looks less like an absolute that is fully trusted to come to pass and more like standing on a solid rock with jello legs.

As followers of Christ we’re reminded through sermons, worship songs, wise friends, and personal Bible reading what the promises of God are to us.

The promises that have both been fulfilled and those we continue to wait in hope for. And because we serve an active and living God, He still speaks fresh new promises to us personally and corporately through the Holy Spirit.

We know that God’s Word is truth. It’s the very standard by which we measure all else to discern if it’s true, but at times there is a war within our hearts. Sometimes the circumstances that surround us in life can make everything, even the most clearly spoken promise from God’s Word or the Holy Spirit Himself, feel so uncertain and impossible that—while the foundation is firm and immovable—we stand wobbling atop it.

I imagine that this is how Abraham and Sarah felt after years of trying to begin a family of their own, to be promised a son that would be biologically theirs well beyond childbearing years. The circumstances they found themselves in as an old couple did not align with this promise and they knew that so well, that they both laughed at the thought. Beyond that they had to wait 25 years for the promise to be fulfilled and they did not wait so well.

Then there's young Mary who was given the promise to carry and birth the Son of God who would grow up to save the world. She faced disgrace as an unwed woman pregnant with a child that was not from the man she was pledged to marry. Even after the child was born his survival was in jeopardy as Herod issued the decree to have all the young boys under the age of two killed to try and prevent what God had orchestrated. Becoming supernaturally pregnant out of wedlock, giving birth in a stable, and being told to flee for your child’s life is enough to make anyone’s legs week.

Lastly, the first disciples. They walked with Jesus, performed miracles with Jesus, grew intimately close with Jesus as He revealed to them the mysteries of His Father’s Kingdom and then He tells them that He will die a criminal’s death, but will return. For the days after His crucifixion they were left in a place of great sorrow having been promised great hope and I can’t imagine how unsure they must have felt. Would He really return? How? When? Will we know it’s Him?

Thanks to our access to the Word of God we know that Abraham and Sarah did come to hold their own son in their arms.

Mary gave birth to the Son of God and He grew to do all that God had told her He would. The disciples’ sorrow was turned to incredible joy when Jesus did rise from the dead and save the world.

All that was promised came to pass despite every doubt, every fear, and every obstacle because of what it says in our passage for today.

Praise the Lord, all you nations;

extol him, all you peoples.

For great is his love toward us,

and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.

(Psalm 117)

Friend be encouraged today as you stand on the promises of God whether it be a promise from His Word or one freshly spoken to your heart. God’s promises for you will come to pass because His Word never returns void (Is. 55:11) for His faithfulness endures forever. No matter what circumstances or obstacles that may arise and seemingly contradict the promise you’ve been given, keep standing because nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37) for His faithfulness endures forever.

So, however wobbly your faith may feel keep standing on the solid rock of God’s promise, for His faithfulness endures forever.

About the Author

Amanda is happily married to her wonderful husband, Josh, and is a mother to two amazing little boys. Together, Josh and she pastor a campus of Morningstar Fellowship in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and love being a part of that community.

This is Amanda’s first venture in writing, but it has been a desire of her heart for a long time so, she is thrilled to have this opportunity. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys listening to various messages to grow her relationship with the Lord and spending time with her family and friends.

You can read Amanda's "Sunday Inspiration" column on the 1st Sunday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.

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