Boy. My promise blogs have been about as frequent as the rain here in Austin, Texas. Sorry gang! I’m hoping to get more consistent about sharing promises.
I saw a post the other day for those of you battling with unemployment. I loved the way the writer used the promises of God to combat the fear and anxiety that comes with that situation. I thought to myself: hey self! Why don’t you just hijack that post and make it more general so that it can minister to anyone, regardless of employment status?’ My self thought that was a good idea and the result is this blog post.
Encourage your soul today by begging God’s Spirit to dwell in you through faith in these truths:
1. God will give you the grace any time you need it.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Boy, this verse is a winner. You know what it means? You never have to worry about a grace shortage. The greater the need, the greater the grace you will be given.
2. God will deliver you from problems you caused yourself.
Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Psalm 50:15
The people of Israel are a walking picture of this promise. In the book of Judges they continue to disobey God and He continues to deliver them. You know who else is a walking picture of this promise? Me. You. Any one of us who was dead in our own sin and delivered from death by His great grace.
3. God will bless you through wrongs others have done.
The great news of the Gospel is that even the wrongs done to you by others are part of God’s plan to bring you great good. Check out Joseph: his brothers attempted murder, then sold him into slavery and then he went to prison for trying to pursue purity. Here’s what he says about all that:
As for you [brothers], you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Genesis 50:20
4. God is in complete control of the hearts of every person you encounter.
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. Proverbs 21:1
That promise will keep you up at night and bring you peace all day.
5. God has a perfect plan for each day of your life.
… in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16
Each one of your days was written for the very same purpose: God’s glory and your joy. Those things aren’t separate really; God’s glory will equal more joy for you.
Here’s the catch: this promise doesn’t mean that your days will always be filled with the things you want.
Some days will feel empty and painful. They will feel this way – not in spite of God’s promise to spend every minute on His glory and your joy – but because of that promise. For those in Christ, God will do whatever it takes to display Himself in your life and with that display will come your greatest joy.