Pause

Most of us have more than enough to deal with today to be very concerned about what will happen tomorrow. Yet we do wonder about what we can expect in the hours, days, and years ahead.

The God of our present is also the God of our future. Right now is a good time to be still in the moment and to trust all our time to the One who is here – and listening.

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Listen

"O that my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book! O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another."

Job 19:23-27a

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Think

I’ve never had it as bad as Job. I’ve also almost never been able to praise God as much as I wished in the midst of my difficulties. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to lose everything as Job did, but be able to give God praise and honor at the same time.

What I learn from Job is that he is able to take what will be in any situation and still be able to look to the good in it. I am so encouraged that he claims his redeemer lives even when his “skin has been destroyed.”

That’s an amazing testimony to one who has such greater faith than me. To believe in the midst of all that hardship that he would see God is a testimony to his faith.

I want faith like that.

Lars Rood

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Pray

God, help me to realize that in light of what will be in life, I need to look to you as my Redeemer in all situations, even when I don’t fully understand what is happening. Amen.

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Go

Tomorrow and
Tomorrow and
The next.

You are accompanied by
The Provider of each one.

Live into the promise of
The future,
The possibilities of
What can be.

Lars Rood

Lars Rood is the associate pastor for family life ministries at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. In this role he oversees the team doing ministry from birth through the end of high school to children, students, and their families. He’s has a lifelong love of the Pacific Northwest, coffee, and reading. He also loves his three kids, wife, and dog named Jakob.

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