Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Just recently I listened to the testimony of a man who with his wife are living in Honduras serving in the mssion field. He shared of how their lives have changed and of how they have gone from pursuing and quite sucessfully achieving and living the American dream to living a life of total trust in the provision of the Lord in their new life. I was greatly encouraged as I perceived that the Lord was speaking to me and my wife through this man. It is amazing of the ways that the Lord is able to minister unto us through the stories (experiences) of others, whether they stories that are being lived and written today or have been lived and written in the past. For we are all a story in progress, which is being written because of His Story being understood, received and lived out in our lives. Yes, initially in our lives we live as individuals and it is what we may call "my story". But as we grow in our knowledge and understanding of Him, we experience "His Story", and our individual stories become "our story". It was interesting to me and very thought provoking of the transition that this individual shared concerning his awareness of this growth process by the two Scripture verses that he shared with us.

For some time his favorite/life verse had been:
KJV Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

but now has been changed to this one:
KJV Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

I did not get it clear as to when this transition of verses happened, but from listening to him speak and from observing the change in their life's focus, it seems as if everything worked together to bring their focus from serving self to the serving of others.

Abraham left his familiar surroundings of his own culture and his family in obedience to the call of the Lord. He did this because he saw a bigger story of his life than just himself. Even though he did not know where he was going, he went anyway. Initially Abraham's story was about himself, but in time, together with his wife, it became the His Story, the story of Jesus Christ and the blessing that He brought and continues to bring to all mankind through the cross and the resurrection.

How about our lives today? Are we living "my story" or "His Story" which becomes "our story?"

What verse/s in the Bible are special verses at this point in my life? Why is it so?

May the Lord guide our meditations in His Word today and always!

KJV Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 02 Sep 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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