Facing our disappointment with God can actually help us get to know Him better – that He loves to reassure us about His good intentions, that He is willing to reveal His plan to us progressively, and that He accepts responsibility for a successful relationship with us.
When things don’t go how we expect them to go in our walk with God, we experience disappointment, which tempts us to walk away from God. Abram teaches us instead to stay, speak our complaints to God honestly, and double down on our faith in Him. ethods�Sw� �
Success can be a dangerous thing if we don’t handle it well. Abram learned quickly that all success comes from God, so the best response is to be humble, grateful, and generous. In the end, only God can adequately reward us for doing what is right.
You can’t trust someone enough to step out in faith unless you know a little bit about who they are. That’s why God revealed himself to Abram (and to us) as the God who likes to recruit us to His team, who is clearly in charge, and who focuses on the future.
God likes to interrupt our comfortable, familiar lives with crazy invitations to step out into the unknown with Him. It’s easy to refuse and just protect our predictable pleasures, but if we do, we will be missing the miracle waiting for us out in the unknown.
Joy came to Mary differently than it came to Elizabeth – but we can benefit from looking at both!
God expected humanity to respond to the good news of the Savior’s arrival with great joy…but what if it doesn’t come naturally to us?