The early American Indians had a unique practice of training young braves.
On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test.He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone.
Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and tribe. But on this night, he was blindfolded and taken several miles away.
When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a thick woods, and he was terrified. Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready to pounce.
After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of a path.
Then to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with bow and arrow.
It was his father. He had been there all night long.
Robert J. Morgan, Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations, and Quotes, electronic ed. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000), 298.
But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. - Isaiah 43:1
God is a faithful God!!!
It is so easy for us to forget that fact as we try and navigate our lives in this ever darkening world.
Yet, it is vital that we keep this fact posted close by to remind us that it is not about our “doing” but about His “being.”
God does not have to “work at” being faithful.
God “is” faithful!!!
Just as He came through for the Israelites Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass. - Joshua 21:45 He will come through for you.
With all of it!!!
A farmer does not wrest the plant from the seed. He sows the seed and leaves the result to God. If God’s people are faithful in sowing the seed, God will be faithful in giving the harvest.- Herschel H. Hobbs
Faith is not just about being faithful; it’s also about trusting in God’s faithfulness.
- John D. Barry