The Promises of God
It seems that so many people are facing countless trials. I have friends and family members who are going through perilous times, and even some of you on this mailing list have contacted me regarding some of the situations you are currently facing. I am facing one of my own right now, so I decided to do a study on the promises of God.
I can’t stress enough how important it is that we take the time to get to know our God in an intimate way. It is imperative that we take the time to read His word and meditate on it. We all will faces trials at some point in our lives, and if we haven’t taken the time to plant His precious word deep inside of us, the storms of life are going to cause us to crash. We will find ourselves living by our emotions, rather than by God’s promises.
When your emotions tell you that you are all alone, God’s promise is that He will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you. (Heb. 13:5)
When you feel that God has left you, His promise is that even when we don’t feel like we can find Him, He still knows the way that we take. He still sees us. (Job 23:9-10)
When your weariness tells you that you just can’t make it through another day, Father promises that you can do all things through Christ. (Phil. 4:13)
When you are persecuted, your pride may want to step in and say a thing or two, but God tells us to be still and know that He is God. (Ps. 46:10) His promise is that we are blessed when we are persecuted, and that we have a GREAT reward in heaven. (Mt. 5:11-12)
When weapons are forged against you through false accusations, pride may want to step in and fight for you, but God promises that our vindication is from Him. (Is. 54:17) He promises that the battle belongs to Him, and not to us. (II Chron. 20:15)
When money is scarce, and fear tells us that we are going under, God’s promise is that the righteous are never forsaken, nor are their seed ever begging for bread. (Ps. 37:25) He promises to meet ALL of our needs. (Phil. 4:19)
When your fickle emotions tell you that there is no clear way, Jesus declares to you that HE is the WAY, the truth, and the life. (Jn. 14:6)
When your world crashes all around you, emotions can cause fear to be rampant in your heart, but God’s promise is that Jesus is your cornerstone (I Pet. 2:6), and that His foundation is a firm and sure foundation. (Is. 28:16) NOTHING can shake that foundation!
When emotions tells you that you will never feel peace again, God’s promise is that He is Emmanuel, and He is with you. (Is. 7:14) He promises that He is your Prince of peace. (Is. 9:6)
When your feelings tell you that you are still filthy on the inside, God tells you that He is your Redeemer. (Is. 59:20) If you know Christ as your Savior, then ALL things have become new. (II Cor. 5:17)
When your heart tells you that no one loves you, God tells you that He has loved you with an everlasting love. (Jer. 31:3) He takes great delight in you and rejoices over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)
When emotions tell you that you are left out in the cold, God says to come and find refuge in the shadow of His wings. (Ps. 36:7) He says to let Him be your dwelling place, then no harm will come near you. (Ps. 91:9-10)
When going through physical ailments, or waiting on test results from the doctor, emotions can snare you with a paralyzing fear. God’s promise is that He is the Great I AM (Jn. 8:58), and that there is NOTHING too difficult for Him. (Lk. 1:37) His word is that He is the God who heals all of our diseases. (Ps. 103:3)
Recently, I have been having borderline-migraine headaches. Just a few days ago, I discovered a knot on the back of my head. If I didn’t know my Father intimately, I would have gone into an instant panic. Instead, I have been thanking Him for His wonderful promises. I have meditated on past times when I know that my Father has healed my body. Knowing Him intimately as my Healer has given me a great peace and confidence.
When we know Him intimately, even in the midst of trials, we can declare the words of Job. “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end, He will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25 (NIV)
© 2003, Stacy R Miller