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I came across three words during my study of God’s Word that I haven’t ever studied. It isn’t that I hadn’t heard them or read them before; I just saw them differently. A lot of times my study of God’s Word revolves around a word or a phrase. Something hits me – jumps off the page – and my new obsession emerges. I do tons of cross referencing, use the Strong’s Exhaustive Dictionary, read from multiple sources, and eventually write about it.  I find I am like that with my food and drink too. I will eat something for breakfast or for a snack every day until I can’t put one more in my mouth. Right now my favorite after work snack is Stacy’s cinnamon and sugar pita chips! For my drink it is a homemade ice coffee. Ok, so it is a sugar overload, but it keeps me going with the evening activities! I would not describe my personality as OCD…just thorough 🙂

Most of the time when we are trying to describe something or someone to someone we tend to think about all the ways in which he/she is. For instance, we will say, “He is so handsome”, “He is hard-working”, “She is precious”, “She is a straight ‘A’ student”, or “It is the one that fits me the most”. But, there are times, when saying what it isn’t is appropriate as well. For example, when referring to a prospective employee we could mention, “He doesn’t smoke”, “He doesn’t live far”, “He doesn’t have a criminal background”, and so forth.

So, the three words I came across, came first from Isaiah 40:28, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” Did you find them?? It is the words, “He will not”. Normally, I would have just read the verse and just kept going. But, for whatever reason, the three little words “He will not” totally did it for me! It was like the Lord was putting those words in all caps with an exclamation point at the end: HE WILL NOT ! “He will not grow tired or weary”. Isn’t that such good news that our God, our Creator, our Sustainer does not need a break from us nor does He ever cease to work on our behalf.

Of course I then proceeded to find more “He will not’s” in the Bible. This is what I discovered about the “I am” (Exodus 3:15).

He will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down (Exodus 12:23).

He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath (Deut. 4:31).

He will not fail you or forsake you…(1 Chronicles 28:20).

He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea (Psalm 102:17).

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:3).

He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them (Hebrews 6:10).

Which one of these “he will not’s” means the most to you at this point in your life?

For me, it is the Hebrews promise that He will not forget the work I have done in His name even though outwardly there is no evidence in the natural means.

Something else that is highly interesting. When the apostle Paul wrote the famous “love” chapter in 1 Corinthians 13, he wrote equal amounts of descriptions of what love is, as he wrote descriptions of what love is not.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Sometimes the promises of God come not in the form of what He will do, but in what He will not do.

 

 

  

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