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  1. The first Yes

    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    The word "yes" isn't recorded in the Bible* until 17 chapters in.

    It comes as an acknowledgement of facts... deal stopping human facts... and then God comes through with His awesome BUTf...
    Abraham fell face down; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”
    Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac.  I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.  And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” (Genesis 17:17-21)

    Not only did God acknowledge that it seemed (understatement much?) hard, if not impossible, but He honoured Abraham's request, while explaining the exceptionally HUGE things God would accomplish through these two boys.
    I also noticed verse 21, which is why I left it in there...

    But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.”

    He began his sentence with Yes.

    Then gave it a time frame.

    And so, I ask (without laughing)

    "Can a happy family really come from the train wreck of the last two years?  Can I resurrect the fragments of our family? Oh Lord, that you would make my family an upstanding one."

    What will be birthed in me, from me, by this time next year, simply because I say "yes"?

    How are you going with your One Word so far, two weeks in?

    *New International Version, and most others, except The Message
    fI may or may not have giggled a little at that. Because I am all that is mature and spiritual
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  2. 2 comments:

    1. Jason Wert said...

      It'll be interesting to see what comes of your "yes."

      My one word has brought a lot of lessons so far this year. God's obviously moving.

    2. From Tracie said...

      I am all sorts of chill-bumpy right now reading that.

      Two weeks in....and today, during a conference call with a few friends, I told them a longing of my heart. Something that I want to do, but need support and help to accomplish. That support and help, I was scared to ask for because I might fail and then my failure would be out there for them to see. Courage. Sometimes it means risking failure to bring to life the longing of your heart.

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