past behavior, future promises…



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be·hav·ior (noun) \bi-ˈhā-vyər,
Definition of BEHAVIOR

1.
a) : the manner of conducting oneself
b) : anything that an organism does involving action and response to stimulation
c) : the response of an individual, group, or species to its environment
2. the way in which something functions or operates

As yesterday has officially started the season of Advent, I’ve been thinking a lot. As a general rule in life, past behavior is a good indicator how someone will act in the future. The connection between the two is unparalleled. Wars and elections have been won simply by understanding how a group of people have acted in the past. Countless hours are spent every week around the country in NFL facilities as teams study their opponents’ films. Because what they will do, is found in what they have done. I bet that if you look at your own life, your greatest successes and failures are directly tied to your ability or inability to grasp that.

With my walk with God, as much as I wish the opposite were true, I can be incredibly short-sighted about this one very thing. The Incarnation of the past is our guarantee of help in the present. Paul said it best in Romans 8:32,

“[God] who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

How did God act in the past?

1. God gave us himself.
2. There’s no limit to His provision and care for His children.
3. God’s past behavior toward us is giving up His all for us.

Advent is the season where we, along with billions of other people in the world wait to celebrate Jesus’ birth and in doing so we see the world through this lens.

No worries about the future, because the past is our greatest predictor. This is just how God works. God has no limit in how He cares for us, leads us and sacrifices for us and he’s proven it through Christ. We can rest assured in that.

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  1. Jim Murray says:

    Good reading. I will be in Romans tonight.

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