Yesterday we had a bunch of our grandkids over. In the morning I had told my little granddaughter, Tori, that we would bake brownies – but as the day progressed, I forgot all about my promise. Later near dinner time, Tori’s older sister, Rayna, reminded me. I realized it was too late to make the brownies, so we all settled for ice cream. I felt so bad for forgetting my promise, but luckily, Tori is forgiving!
This morning, as I was thinking about how human we are with our promises, I read this scripture: “Then they believed His promises and sang His praise” (Psalm 106:12). Years later, King Solomon, David’s son, told the people of Israel, “Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave” (1 Kings 8:56). The question isn’t whether or not God keeps His promises – He always does! Never has He not kept one of His promises. The question is whether or not we trust Him. Ah, trust. That’s a difficult thing, isn’t it?
However deep our trust is will be however deep our calm is. If we truly believe God is good and His intentions toward us are good, then we are able to rest free from anxiety. I get it – a lot of us struggle with anxiety. The key to rest is to praise God that you can trust Him to keep His word! In these uncertain days, we need to remind ourselves often that we can stay calm because God is the sure and certain promise keeper.
What exactly has He promised? Here are just 3 of His many promises to hold your heart steady and sure in these difficult days:
His Presence. God has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Many of us learned this promise as kids, but in the wonkiness of life, it’s easy to forget that He has not abandoned us. He will always be with us and for us. No matter what happens in the future, you can feel assured that God will be right there with you.
I remember a time when Steve and I were traveling in Africa, surrounded by teen boys all pointing AK47’s at us. As I sat in the car praying, there was peace in my heart because God’s presence was there with us. He gives us grace in the moment. Not necessarily before. But in the moment, He is there, and His presence will calm you.
Hi Provision. Paul reassured us of God’s provision, reminding us, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). God is the all-sufficient God who has promised to sustain and provide for you. If it is good for you, He will give it! This is why David was able to write in Psalm 23, “I lack nothing.” All that you need to face these uncertain days is wrapped up in the glorious nature of God. Trust Him. Rest in Him. And when you feel your trust slipping, praise Him.
His Power. Jesus promised when His Spirit left that the Holy Spirit would dwell in His followers, empowering them to do all He had called them to (John 14:12-18). The Holy Spirit is your 24/7 journey mate who will empower you in the moment to do what God has called you to do. At times we may feel overwhelmed by the task at hand, or by an upcoming challenge. Instead, praise the Holy Spirit that He will empower you to be and do all He has called you to do. Your job is to surrender and lean in. He will give you all the wisdom, strength, and power you need.
Friend, I know the days are uncertain and a bit wonky. You can rest in the promises God has given. Lean into Him and find the strength and provision you need. Choose one of these promises and write it on an index card. Post it as a reminder in your home! Choose to praise God for His promise and as you do, I believe your trust will grow.