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Good Promises

Acts 13:26-52    Joshua 20-21    Job 30

“Not one of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass” (Joshua 21:45). Promises. Today’s readings invite us to consider God’s good promises from all angles.  Israel, having taken possession of the promised land, “settled there” (Joshua 21:43) . . . Paul brings the good news that “what God promised to our ancestors he has fulfilled for us . . . by raising Jesus: (Acts 13:32,33) . . . and, in the middle of it all, Job laments the absence of God and any evidence of promises fulfilled (Job 30). 

“I cry to you and you do not answer me” (Job 30:20). Job, deep in his “days of affliction” (v.16), wrestles mightily with God’s silence and the loss of every tangible sign of God’s good promises in his life. As I read his words, I am mindful of the commonality of this struggle. Sometimes, all that we would see as evidence of God’s good promises gets buried under layers of “dust and ashes” (Job 30:19) . . . And yet, the good news that Paul proclaims is that there are promises that are more satisfying than land, more meaningful than possessions, and more lasting than this mortal life . . . What Job reminds me is that the loss of  tangible, touchable promises opens up to us the possibility of discovering and claiming the true and eternal promises of God (2 Corinthians 4:18). . .

“By this Jesus everyone who believes is set free (Acts 13:39)  from all those sins from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.”  Everyone. Anyone. Whether they possess land, or goods, or good health, or not. Forgiveness. Freedom. Life eternal and abundant . . . These are the good promises of God. Take possession of these promises. All will come to pass. Amen.

“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”
     — Acts 13:52


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