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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

56- Confidence in the sincerity of God's timing

 

St-Takla.org Image: Faith of the multitudes, a photo from Saint Takla Haymanot's Website journey to Ethiopia, 2008 صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: إيمان الجموع، من صور رحلة موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت للحبشة 2008

St-Takla.org Image: Faith of the multitudes, a photo from Saint Takla Haymanot's Website journey to Ethiopia, 2008 - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, April-June 2008

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: إيمان الجموع، من صور رحلة موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت للحبشة 2008 - تصوير مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا، إبريل - يونيو 2008

2- Confidence in the sincerity of God's timing

God promised our father Abram that He will give him descendants, and He did grant him many descendants, although after a long time. He also promised him that his descendants will be as many as the stars of the sky and so it was, although his wife was barren and he was of old age. God also promised His people freedom from captivity and He did free them.

He promised Elijah to help him in the time of famine and He did aid him with a miracle (1 Kin 17:3-6).

God promised our mother Eve that her descendants will crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15); this promise was fulfilled on the cross.

God also promised that He would pour out His Spirit on all people (Joel 2:28), and He did that day on Pentecost and we are still God's temple (1 Cor. 3:16).

All God's promises are sincere. We need them as much as those long ago in history did.

These are everlasting promises from God. These would comfort us when we live in them and in faith, for example, in His saying; “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20), “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." (Matt. 18:20), “I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist." (Luke 21:15), “Do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you." (Matt. 10:19-20), also His saying about the church that the gates of Hell will not overcome (Matt. 16:18).

May we live in these promises with all our hearts, so as to strengthen our faith.

How wonderful it would be if you, dear reader, collect all these promises and read them frequently and tell yourself. No doubt God is sincere in His promises, and consequently with no doubt I have to live happily with these Godly promises. The continuous remembrance of God's promises comforts the soul and strengthens the faith.


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