Friday, June 23, 2006

In the light of the promise

Found this to be food for thought:

“I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. Leviticus 26: 9-10

This is quite a promise since it was given to a people still camping in the desert eating manna day to day, and where they would be for some years to come. Things were a little less than perfect for them, but the winning phrase is in verses 11-12.

“I will put my dwelling place (literally, God’s tent in the middle of their tents) among you, … I will walk among you and be your God."

So although some of the promise will come in the future, the waiting is OK because of the company we have in His presence. “Fruitfulness” and ‘Increase” will come, because of the covenant promise, and Who made that promise. The temporary situation pales in the light of the future promise. ---Tom Balma (in his May/June newsletter)

Tom Balma works with InterVarsity in graduate and faculty ministry. We first met Tom "back in the day" during a summer project with 2100 Productions. Since then he and Nancy worked with IFES in Italy for 23 years before coming to CO and the Rocky Mtn. Region. We re-connected with the Balmas in our local church over a year ago.


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