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September 26

“He 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?” Romans 8:32

There’s a prayer request that’s been on my heart for some time, and in the late spring, I felt burdened and fretful that my pleas seemed to go unheeded. During the summer, the pastors at our church preached a sermon series from the book of Joshua entitled “Faith in the God of Promise.” In keeping with that theme, the worship leaders chose a song through which God comforted and challenged my searching heart. The lyrics of the first verse and the chorus confess and declare:

Walking around these walls,
I thought by now they’d fall,
But You have never failed me yet.
Waiting for change to come,
Knowing the battle’s won,
For You have never failed me yet.

Your promise still stands;
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness!
I’m still in Your hands;
This is my confidence–You’ve never failed me yet.
(“Do It Again,” Elevation Worship)

I sensed the Lord asking me, “Do you believe that I keep my word? Are you living in the reality of my promises? What is the source of your confidence?”

As I pondered those questions, Psalm 145:13 came to mind: “The Lord is faithful to all His promises, and loving toward all He has made.” So did 2 Corinthians 1:20: “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” Next, God drew my attention to Romans 8:32, one of my favorite Scriptures, in which Paul rhetorically asks, “He 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?” Jesus is the ultimate proof that God keeps His Word and always will.

It was amazing how quickly the turnaround came. The more I thought about the circumstances and tried to finagle a way to change them, the more worried and distracted I became. But once my eyes turned upward to Jesus, a restful peace settled into my heart.

I do not fully understand God’s plans and purposes, but I can trust that He is working all things together for my good and for His glory. In the meantime, while I wait for His answer to my request, I am choosing daily to walk with Him by faith and serve Him in the cause of building His kingdom.

Perhaps you have burdens on your heart and find it difficult to think about anything else but the problems that threaten to engulf you. I pray that God will help you cast those cares on Him, knowing how much He cares for you. May we as a Hill Country family remind each other to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. May we carry each other’s burdens and together move forward to accomplish the work He has called and equipped us to do.

Tina Tsuei
Upper School Teacher; Parent, Class of 2022

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