I wanted to share a short story and encouragement for this week.

A long time ago, before the invention of cars, there was a man who traveled long distances by foot for the sake of his trading business.  One winter, as he decided to travel by foot from one city to another he came across a frozen river.  He wasn’t sure if the water was fully frozen, and out of fear that the ice might crack, he decided to get on his knees and slowly crawl across.  While he was slowly crawling, he turned around at the sound of someone whistling, and at the point he saw a man riding on a horse wagon across the same river that he was crawling on – you can imagine how the man crawling must have felt.

When I first heard about this story it stayed it reminded me of a verse that I wanted to share with you.  In 2 Peter 1:3-4 it says

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
The bible talks about many precious promises that God has made. We are always being reminded of the promise He has made to love, to be faithful, to honor, to deliver, to protect, to defend, and do much more.  By living in the reminder of the promises He’s made,  we find the strength, and wisdom to get through the different seasons of life.

Believing The Truth Of His Promises

Many of us however, much like that man who crawled across the river, tend to crawl across the different challenges and obstacles we face in life as opposed to walking through them with the confidence found in His promises.

We forget the promises that have been made to us, and more importantly the strength that comes in believing those promises
We forget the promises that have been made to us, and more importantly the strength that comes in believing those promises.  We get so deeply tangled up in our fear that we take the risk by crawling–when we don’t need to! We forget the tools that He has given us, the hope that He keeps renewing, and the promise He still keeps.  We go through this repetitive cycle where today we are revived from being reminded of His faithfulness, and tomorrow we’ll be running around frantically as though God didn’t prove anything today.  Why do we constantly choose to crawl when we can walk with Him?

His Word Never Changes

I often hear many say, “those verses were written back then for those people, it doesn’t apply today”.  The truth is, God’s word much like who He is, is eternal. His Word was never written to be applied for a specific time period– there is not expiration date on His word. Therefore, whatever He has promised is bound to come to pass. We are reminded of this numerous times such as in Matthew 24:35 when Jesus says,

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away
And then again in Isaiah 55:11
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
As this week begins, I challenge you to look at your surrounding circumstances, your fears, your problems, all of your “impossible” situations, and anything else overall that represents that river of ice you’re about to cross– look at it and stand boldly on it knowing that God has already given you the ability to walk over it through the strength and hope found in His promises.

See you next Monday!

Written by Christina Girma

    1 Comment

  1. Miriam October 31, 2016 at 6:44 am Reply

    God bless you abundantly Christina, thank you for the powerful messages.

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