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THE PROMISES OF GOD

One night in 1883, the weary editor of the New England Farmer's Almanac closed his desk and prepared to leave for the evening. There were still a few things to do before the work was completed. One of which was to predict the weather for the coming year on July 13th. The editor was tired and decided that it could be completed the next day. That very evening an agitated office boy arrived with word that the publishing deadline had been moved up and the completed copy for the almanac must go out on the next train. The editor ordered impatiently: "Put something suitable for July 13th – but don't bother me!"

Finished copies had already been distributed when the editor, worrying a bit about sales – for the margin of profit was small – happened to notice the prediction for July 13th. It read: "Wind, Hail and Snow." Livid with rage, he summoned the office boy. The boy stammered that he thought such weather would be nice and unusual for that date. In despair, the editor resigned himself to bankruptcy.

But on the morning of July 13, 1884, wind, hail and snow DID descend upon New England. By this one prediction, the Almanac became both famous and profitable, all because of an office boy's far-fetched prediction.

How many times do we look at the promises (predictions) of God and think how far-fetched they are. We really don't put much stock in them sometimes. But, go back and read your Bible and you will see that every promise, but one, that God has made has already come true. Don't listen to the prophets of doom, but look to God for all that you need both now and forever more!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward