Day 87: Promises (Joshua 21-22; Luke 6:1-26)

We’ve spent almost two months in the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and into the Promised Land. We read about their wins and losses; their sins and their worship of God. Above all, we watched God’s plan unfold over a 40+ year span.

Day 87

We all like people who keep their word. But we especially expect such accountability from God. Many prayers have been uttered in despair: “But, God you promised….” Because there are valleys in our lives when the only thing that gets us through is God’s promise that He will never leave or forsake us, that He will never give us more than we can bear, and that Heaven will be a better place with no tears or pain.

The enemy uses doubt to pierce holes in those promises though. I have received many emails from young women asking how we can take God at His word. How do we know His promises are true? Is Heaven for real? Will God come through for us in the end? We point to past experiences that hurt us and ask where God and His promises were in those dark moments.

If you’ve been reading along with us these last few weeks, then you know these are the exact questions that the Israelites asked as they wandered around the desert. In the end, God delivered on His promises, even though many Israelites didn’t actually see the promises come to fruition because of their own doubts, sins, and mistrust of God.

The Lord will hold to His promises, but you have a role to play too. You must believe in His promises and trust Him to do His thing, even when doubt and despair overwhelm you.

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” -Isaiah 55:11

If God promised you a good thing friend, He will see it through to the end. He may be merciful to us in not holding us to the punishments we deserve when we sin or displease Him, but when it comes to the good promises, He is true to His word. Always. Friend, He hasn’t failed you yet and He won’t start now. What He promised – it will happen. And if you don’t believe me, re-read the story of the Israelites in the books of Moses.

Which of the Lord’s promises do you cling to on a regular basis? 

Do you have a testimony of when the Lord came through for you on a promise He made? 

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