Ayvaunn Penn, All Christian News
With the start of a new year, many churches across the nation are engaging in a congregational fast in an effort to seek direction from the Lord and grow even closer to Him. My church has embarked upon the Daniel Fast for 28 days wherein we read the 28 chapters of the book of Matthew while also abstaining from meat, dairy, salt, and sugar. While on this spiritual journey, there is one particular point, among others, that stands out to me repeatedly throughout the chapters of the book of Matthew: God ALWAYS brings to pass those things He said He would do. Behold the following examples:
- “22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” ~ Matthew 1:22-23
- “14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son….23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.” ~ Matthew 2:14-15, 23
- “1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ~ Matthew 3:1-3
- “12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” ~ Matthew 4:12-16
For the sake of space, the above listed scriptures represent but a morsel of a far greater whole of textual support not only in the book of Matthew but in the whole Bible. I am currently in Matthew chapter 13, and in almost every chapter to this point, God is telling us in His inspired word that He never forgets His promises. In Biblical times, that meant fulfilling the word He brought forth through His prophets. Today and on notes that register more personally with us, this means that God will not fail us in bringing to pass those things He has for us in our lives. With His help, we can absolutely positively bring into fruition the purpose God put us on this earth to fulfill — no matter how great the feat seems and no matter how many obstacles stand in our way.
At the same time, however, it is important to remember to seek God through prayer and supplication on what He created you to do. Some people get confused and discouraged in this regard. They stand on these scriptures, pray to the Lord for help in achieving certain goals, wonder why nothing is working for them, and then question the validity of the Christian faith. The key is to be in accordance with the will of the Lord. You must want for yourself what God wants for you. When you and God are on the same page, you can then conquer anything that appears to stand in the way of you fulfilling the calling God has on your life.
Remember, God will always go out of His way to keep His promises. The proof is in the scriptures.
The founder of Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here.