Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Promises of God
I've been reading through the book of Joshua in the Old Testament. I love Joshua the man! He had spunk and faith and energy and a heart of gold for God. His story blows across the embers of my own faith and makes my fire grow. I want a faith that remains in the face of the odds and the people who like to talk about them. I need a long-haul faith that will cook a roast and not just wieners. Know what I mean?
Anyway, my eyes began to glaze over as they perused chapter after chapter of cities they conquered and divided up among name after name and tribe after tribe. Then my eyebrows went up as I landed on the last verse in chapter 21:
"Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass."
My heart dances a jig when I read it. My feet of faith do a different dance across the hot coals of unbelief, knowing I have no business being there but still I step, blister, and try to get out as quickly as possible. Then those feet land on the cool pavement of a verse like this. Ahhh! A reminder that God does everything He says He will. He cannot lie. It's impossible. Airtight.
Another step takes me to the cooling comfort of 2 Corinthians 1:20:
"For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God." Mmmm!
The mind naturally asks, "What promises has God made me?" I believe God makes some specific promises to us individually, but they all fall in the framework of the general promises He makes in His Word. Some are conditional but all are kept.
What is YOUR favorite promise?
Philippians 4:19 - "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
Hebrews 13:5b - "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
Matthew 6:33 - "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you."
Those promises are like a spa day for the spirit, soaking away doubt, exfoliating fear, and replenishing trust in Him. Oooo!
May you be refreshed by the Lord as you reflect on His great and precious promises today, My Friend.