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I Don’t Sweat
Genesis 15: 6b-7

On the day before his inauguration as president, someone asked Barack Obama whether he was sweating. “Nah, I don’t sweat,” he replied. “You ever see me sweat?” Not yet, but it’s early, a news report commented. When I was about to move to the United States with my wife in her wheelchair, I didn’t sweat, but I was extremely grateful for a promise God gave me. After a seminary chapel service, a student told me that during the service God had told her, “Tell John, Judges 18:6.” Neither of us knew what this text said, so we went to look it up. In the NRSV it says, “‘Go in peace. The mission you are on is under the eye of the Lord.’” In the TNIV it says, “‘Go in peace. Your journey has the Lord’s approval.’” It was a promise that made it easier to undertake the move to which I was committed, though obviously that required me to trust the promise. In effect, I counted it for God as faithfulness; in other words I reckoned that it was indeed an expression of God’s faithfulness and that it would prove to be so. Which it did...

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