Fresh Hope – Day 50

I was 21 when I left home to go to Bible College.


Within a couple of days I had made friends with a more ‘mature’ student named Alan. He was married with 2 small children and lived off site in the next village.


He asked me if I’d like to attend the Church he went to near his home, and promised that if I did, I could go back to join his family for lunch.


Excitedly, I woke on that first Sunday away from home.


I put on my suit and tie and got ready to set out for Church as promised.


Everything seemed to be fitting together perfectly, and into the bargain I was going to get a home cooked meal… that was until my car wouldn’t start.


Fortunately, it was a beautiful summers day and I could see only one option, and that was to walk.


I didn’t want to let him down or miss Church, but truthfully, the thought of a Sunday lunch spurred me on.


As it was only my first week in Christchurch, I had not had chance to get my bearings and didn’t realise that my walk was six miles along the winding country lanes.


I got to Church just as people were leaving.


The Sunday lunch turned out to be meatloaf… enough said.


Often in life you have to be desperate enough to go places and do things that naturally you may shy away from.


As we begin this second week of prayer and fasting, you will find that it will be a test to see how desperate you are to push through and believe to receive what you have been promised.


The temptation will be to shrink back and take the comfortable route, rather than to sweat it out and get to where you promised.


In the book of Genesis, chapter 11, we read how Abraham and all his family set out for the Promised Land, but when they reached Haran they ‘settled’ there.


Haran is exactly half way to the Promised Land and literally means ‘parched and dry.’


Could it be that you are tempted right now to settle where it’s parched and dry, rather than taking that lonely and long walk to your promised destination?


Today, if you’re desperate enough, you won’t stop half way through the fast, but you will push on towards the goal, which in turn will bring incredible blessing, breakthrough and reward from God.


Maybe everything is against you right now and you just want to throw in the towel…


Maybe you’re looking at the 6-mile journey ahead saying ‘I can’t do it…’


Think again… you’ve started, so you CAN finish.


Notice how many times the Bible talks about diligently seeking God. It literally means ‘perseverance and determination.’


Hebrews 11:6 ‘And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him.’


Hebrews 10:36 ‘You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.’


Remember… we’re in this together.


Pastor Mark


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