“In that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us; this is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.’” Isaiah 25:9 (NIV)
Walking in the midst of our trials, it is often difficult to believe that God will come through for us. A mother in labor for hours, suffering from birth pains, is overwhelmed by thoughts that the ordeal will never end. Ah, but when the moment comes…great rejoicing! And indescribable relief.
Fingernail-biting moments come and go all too frequently in our lives. They’re never welcomed, are they? Who likes to suffer through the unknown? Surely not you or I. But, more than the unknown, who wants to endure the painstaking process of a trial that slowly picks at our faith – and our will to go on?
You’ve been there. Maybe you’re there now, for the umpteenth time. You may be questioning God, “How will I get through this, Lord?” or “Will you really stand true to your promises?”
The Bible is filled with God’s promises. They bring us encouragement times without number. But, when the heat is on, when your heavenly Father leads you down paths of suffering, what happens? Trembling, fear, doubt, anxiety-a dwindling faith.
We must remember that the God who leads us there, will lead us through. We will come out safely, undefeated, wiser and stronger than before. The wounds we may have encountered along the way will become the scars that serve to remind us of the journey – and of the unwavering faithfulness of God and his promises.
God will always provide for you.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 33:26 (NIV)
God will never leave you.
“…because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
God will forgive you.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 (NIV)
God will reward you.
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” Luke 6:35 (NIV)
God will save you.
“Be strong, do not fear; your God will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:4 (NIV)
God will love you.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” John 15:9 (NIV)
God will comfort you.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NIV)
God will protect you.
“But you are a shield around me, O Lord, my Glorious One, who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3 (NIV)
God will teach you.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)
The list goes on of God’s countless promises. He is our “Covenant God”. His promises can never be broken. So, make a habit of recounting his assurances. And vow to trust him until the end.