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God Keeps His Word

And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:23

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A few years ago, Pew Research did a survey to find out what Americans mean when they say they believe in God. Although they found that a majority of people (56% to be exact) said they believe in God as described in the Bible, only 28% said they talk to God and that God talks to them, while almost twice as many (47%) said they talk to God but that God does not talk to them.1 The thing about statistics is that they always portray numerically what many of us already know experientially. And these statistics are no exception. So many of us say we believe in God, we affirm his existence, we trust what Scripture tells us about him, and yet, we still find ourselves feeling disconnected from him.

Our lives are complicated and, too often, chaotic. We’re daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, wives. We’re students, teachers, lawyers, artists, politicians, doctors, CEOs. Our day-to-day lives pull us in what feels like a hundred different directions, from late nights at the office, to weekends spent chauffeuring kids, to trying our best to be the world’s greatest aunt/boss/sister/girlfriend. Even so, the world continues to turn, rolling out so many hashtags, campaigns, social causes, cries for justice, we can hardly keep up. And while we do our best to manage our hundred-miles-an-hour lives, so many of us do so looking forward to the rest we hope we’ll find at the other side of one more deadline or promotion, one more bake sale or booster club meeting, one more blind date or pound lost.

This is, after all, what it means to live in the twenty-first century, or so we tell ourselves. And while that may be true, our longing for rest, our longing for stability, for something we can depend on, someone we can trust, is as old as time. So, we do what so many Christians have done before us. We pray. We reach out to God—the God we believe in, the God of the Bible—only to find ourselves on the wrong end of a statistic, on one end of what can feel like a chasm of universal proportions.

It’s one of the ironies of life that it’s in the midst of the hard moments, when we feel most disconnected from God, that we’re led to ask the deep questions of faith. Questions like, “Are you there, God? Are you working in the world? Do you keep your word?” The same questions that have been asked by countless generations before us.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to unpack these questions as we study the covenants we find in Scripture. And as we look at how God has worked in the world and in the lives of his people, we’ll be reminded once again that not only is God there, but more importantly, he is here—with us, always present and always working in our world and in our lives.

1 “When Americans Say They Believe In God, What Do They Mean?,” Pew Research Center, Pew Research,April 23, 2018, https://www.pewforum.org/2018/04/25/when-americans-say-they-believe-in-god-what-do-they-mean/04-25-18_beliefingod-00-00/.

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Is there an area of your life—work, home, school, family, relationships, health—where you feel disconnected from God? Is there an area where you desperately need God to show up?

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The areas where I feel disconnected from God in this moment and desperately need Him to show up are in the areas of school and my relationships. Both are things that look different from what I planned and know and I need His guidance to help me walk through these unknown seasons that I am in at this time. I look to scripture and get glimpses of the next steps and how to move forward, but the truth is that things don’t always go as planned, feelings come out of nowhere at times. The fear, disappointment, hurt, and pain still come even when I am obedient and walking the path that God has called me to. I know that the promise was never that it would be easy, but it doesn’t take away the hard part of walking through the storm. I desperately need God to light my path.

I would love for God to show up in a miracle way and cure my friend.

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Our family has strayed from our faith over the past year and I don’t feel as spiritually connected to my husband and children as before. I pray that God would meet all of us, draw us nearer to Him and to each other.

I desperately need God to show up in my relationship with my teenage son and in his relationship with God. He’s questioning everything and everyone and I feel like I’m getting it all wrong with him.

It’s interesting to reflect on this. I talk to God all day, we commune with one another all day. But when faced with a enormous decision, as a single woman, I get very restless and pray, pray, call others into prayer, grab His Word, take steps of faith, sit and listen; but I just want His audible voice or some giant sign to affirm yes do this or do that instead. I want to please Him but struggle with large decisions (e.g. promotions) knowing if I am and its what He would want for me.

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