Numbers 14; Psalm 50; Isaiah 3,4; Hebrews 11

Hebrews 1:1 says “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”  (NLT)

It was December 1987.  Jeff and I had been dating for just five months but we knew without a shadow of a doubt that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.  Jeff had received my parents’ permission, we had reserved the reception hall, I had chosen my wedding gown.  All that remained was the proposal and the ring.  I knew it was coming but I didn’t know when.  My birthday had come and gone without a proposal.  Thanksgiving break had passed and still no ring.  I knew without a doubt the ring was coming but the exact timing and circumstances were out of my control.

As I think about engagements or birthdays or any other much-anticipated day in my life, it strikes me that my faith in God should be much the same:  a wonderful and mysterious combination of assurance and anticipation.  Just as I knew that Jeff was going to propose and never doubted that he would follow through, I can also be assured of God’s constant work in my life, of his saving grace and unfailing love, of his goodness and faithfulness, regardless of life’s circumstances.

And just as I eagerly anticipated my engagement because I was sure of Jeff’s love and devotion for me, I can also be assured of God’s goodness and love and can eagerly anticipate whatever may lie ahead in His perfect plan for me.  I knew Jeff would keep his word, and I was eager to get on with our future together.  In the same way, because I have been blessed to experience God’s love and faithfulness in the past, I can joyfully anticipate whatever the future holds.

Jeff proposed to me on Christmas eve 1987 and gave me a beautiful diamond engagement ring.  We have been happily married for almost 22 years.  It is my daily prayer that I will consciously choose to rest in the surety of God’s promises and will anticipate with hope all He has in store for me.

Jen, guest blogger

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2 responses to “Numbers 14; Psalm 50; Isaiah 3,4; Hebrews 11

  1. johnd7264

    “Just as I knew that Jeff was going to propose and never doubted that he would follow through, I can also be assured of God’s constant work in my life, of his saving grace and unfailing love, of his goodness and faithfulness, regardless of life’s circumstances.”

    What a beautiful story, Jen, and a wonderful reminder of the faithfulness of God. We could always trust in Him and have faith in Him because His love for us is perfect and His timing is always right.

    I loved your story. Thanks so much for sharing. today.

  2. Every morning I wake up with that feeling. What has God got in store for me today? He constantly takes me by surprise. He is the love of my life and never fails to disappoint.

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