This month and for most of June, we've traveled along with writer of Genesis to hear the story of the mighty acts of God through God's people. These stories are often romantically remembered from our mind's eye and through years of Sunday School. We remember the prose and poetry of God's words but often forget how scandalous the stories are at times. In many instances, our memories delude us temporarily or permanently, which causes God's story to suffer in its effect upon us.
One way in which God's story suffers is that we forget how many times key characters in the story of salvation attempt to derail God's promise. Whether it's Abraham or Sarah, Issac or Jacob, Esau or Rebekah, or countless others, God's promise at times seems just one breath away from failure...and yet, God delivers. The promise and story continue. Death does not win nor does human folly determine conventional success. God's plans, though seemingly ever-changing, remain fixed in God's eyes. God does not waiver nor pause. The promise remains as certain today as yesterday.
I invite each of us, as we listen to the Genesis story this summer, to consider how Genesis can teach and remind us through our interim time. While our decisions matter, they do not ultimately determine God's involvement in our life together. There's a freedom in this for us, should we choose to see it. While we can make good and bad decisions, we cannot choose "for" God. Only God can do that. And while our decisions may at times be less than perfect God is always willing and able to intervene in our decisions to continue God's progress towards the full redemption of God's people.
Friends, our mission and vision work is crucial but God's faithfulness is more important still. With God's help, we cannot and will not fail. Let our hearts and minds be directed towards God always, and not our notions of success or failure. God's promises succeed even among the wayward characters of Genesis so we know God's promises can succeed among us here at Milner!