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God Is the Same Then as He Is Now

And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Jeremiah 31:34
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We live our lives at lightning speed. And how can we not? We have families to raise. Careers to develop. Goals to reach. Things to learn. Relationships to grow. Instagram accounts to update. Dreams to actualize. In the midst of all the demands of twenty-first-century life, it can be hard to connect to ancient notions of promise and obligation, duty and responsibility. We might find ourselves asking: Why should a set of ancient covenants matter now? What do these contractual agreements God made with other people have to do with our lives today?

There’s no denying it. We lead very different lives from Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. But even with the myriad ways our lives are different, there’s at least one way our lives are the same. Just as every one of them felt the consequences of broken relationship with God all those centuries ago, we continue to feel the strain that comes with living in a world that’s not as it should be.

Adam and Eve experienced life in a world where the earth had been cursed and where shame, pain, dissent, and strife were felt. All of this after having tasted the unhindered goodness of creation and perfect fellowship with God. Noah felt the excruciating pain that comes with witnessing his world be ravaged by flood and experiencing the loss of life. He had to start over with only his family by his side. Abraham knew firsthand the heartbreak of childlessness. Moses was all too familiar with the feelings of incompetence. He knew imposter syndrome long before it had a name. David lived with the pain of broken family relationships. And Jesus—Jesus knew the worst pain of all, as he hung on a tree, betrayed by his friends, carrying the weight of all the sins of the world.

So, why should a set of ancient covenants matter to us now? Because just like these people spent their lives waiting for God to fulfill his promises of redemption, we also find ourselves waiting. No, we’re not waiting for God to give us a descendant and make us into a great nation like Abraham did, but we’re waiting for something. Maybe we’re waiting for healing in our bodies, our hearts, our minds. Maybe we’re waiting for restoration in our relationships. Or maybe we’re waiting for companionship in the form of a child, a spouse, a friend. In our waiting, we can look to God’s covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David and find hope. Because, like all the other covenants, the end of our waiting is wrapped up in the fulfillment of God’s New Covenant through Jesus.

Why study the covenants? Because for those of us who follow Jesus, there is no covenant whose blessings we do not enjoy. As it turns out, our lives may not be all that different after all.


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Do you find yourself in a season of waiting? What are you waiting on/for? How can knowing God is working to fulfill his promises bring hope to your situation?

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I am waiting for God to tell me my next steps. I retired from teaching in June and am not sure what I’m supposed to do now. I think God might just want me to spend time with Him and grow in my relationship with Him. I have always struggled with my identity and feeling less than others. I want to feel full of joy and acceptance and able to be happy with myself and my life. I am so blessed, but sometimes still feel like I lack. I am excited for whatever God has in store for me next…I just don’t have much patience to wait! Haha!

Thank you to everyone for sharing in the previous day’s journals. I can relate to so many of you where you are at and what you struggle with. I have to keep reminding myself that God wins! He only wants the best for us and He will provide, and see us through any struggles that come our way. I am looking forward to continuing this study with you all online!

We have been waiting three years for an adoption. We know God called us to this but we’ve waited for so long and we just keep trusting that he has a plan. We were obedient and we know he didn’t call us to this to not fulfill his promise. Now we are starting to pray about fostering an older child….we think he worked on our hearts I. The waiting!

I am currently in a season of waiting. I am single and lately, I have found myself wanting a romantic relationship. I’ve talked to God about this, and I know that there are some things I need to work through before I put myself in a serious relationship. Sometimes I wish I could just hurry up the process, but I know that there is no rushing through God’s plans and purposes. Knowing that God is working to full His promises, even at this moment, reminds me that He is preparing my heart for someone amazing and for an amazing relationship. I know that He is just making sure that when that someone comes along, we are ready for each other and we don’t have to bring any unnecessary hurt or baggage into the relationship.

I’ve been waiting for God to give me a spouse for a very long time. Even believing in the promises of God. It seemed this area continued to be unfulfilled. So in true human form I decided to make it happen. That road was not the way to go and it derailed my life and my relationship with the Lord for years. Now after many years of finding self forgiveness ( I’ve repented and God has forgiven me). I’ve had given up hope. But, as I’ve grown older I am trusting in him and holding on to his word. Knowing that what God is doing in my life is for my absolute good. And that he is a God who keeps his promises even when they don’t look like you imagined it would look like.

I’m waiting for my spouse to be healed. He’s drinking alcohol daily all day. I think he’s depressed and won’t admit it. His family business closed after 35 years. It’s like mourning. He is a believer but not very strong. Also pray for women I know who are single, who hope for relationships.

I’m waiting for things to be ok with there one I love. I hate seeing him in pain and dealing with hardship financially and physically his back is hurting. I’m waiting for peace in my life. Fellowship at church. Bible study with others in person. Peace waiting for God’s peace. Waiting for a job I don’t hate. Waiting to feel valuable. Waiting. My faith seems small right more so I’m going to have faith God is working when I can’t see it.

I am constantly in a season of waiting for God to bring more peace and understanding to my life. I sometimes just look at things and people and often think that it is a sign that God is sending me to let me know that he hears me and He is sending me answers, even though I may not always understand what those answers are. There is so much that is going on in my personal life, that I find that the only place that I will ever find true peace and commitment will be to continue to trust and believe in Jesus with all of my heart and soul. God is a continued joy:)

I have found myself to be in a very pronounced season of waiting. Globally, the world has seemed to come to a standstill in a lot of ways over the past two years. Personally, I feel like I’ve experienced a lot of "false starts" in relationships, hobbies, jobs. I have been trying to force my way into a new season and God has been saying, "No, not yet." The circumstances haven’t been anointed. Now, he says "Soon." What am I waiting on? I feel like I’m waiting on an opening. Something that changes my circumstances. I’ve felt very stuck and stagnant in my life the past couple of years. In reality, I see God is shaping me. I feel stagnant, yet so much growth has happened. He has been molding me and shaping me and I feel his call on my life coming. I still have my struggles but I’m hopeful that God is working all things for the good of His people. I take heart and hope in the fact that God is present and actively working to fulfill the promises He has made me. Father God, I love you. Father, I’m sorry that I doubt you. I have hope in you. You are my only hope. I know you haven’t brought me this far just to leave me here. I know you are making a future for me; "Plans to propose and not to harm." God, I pray that your will be done in my life and in the world. I love you. Amen.

I cannot remember where I heard this, but I once heard a Bible teacher say, "When I cannot see His hand, I trust His heart." That has remained with me for decades. God is in the waiting. Sometimes the whole reason for the delay is for me to experience God and know Him intimately during the waiting. I trust His heart.

As I sit here I really am wondering what it is that I am waiting for. I never thought of it in that way. Now that I do, it brings me too tears because I don’t know. I want to see the love that is around me. God, I pray that you help me to see your Love for me, through the people around me. I know it’s there, help me too see it.

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