Joshua 21:45 (NLT) Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.
There comes a time when being reminded of God’s faithfulness is very comforting and very much needed. There has not failed one word of all His promises. All He has spoken He has done just as He said.
We face very challenging times. There are times when there is nothing we can do to change our predicaments, when even specialists can bring us no cure or solution; they can just state painful facts. It can be very daunting, very unnerving, especially in life-and-death situations. It’s a fact of life. There is limit to what even the most intelligent and most skilled of us can do.
These are situations and moments when God matters most to many people, when our faith in Him finds its real value, when there is nothing more we can do, when we have come to our human limitations. But we’re comforted knowing there’s reality beyond our own abilities, beyond the temporal, beyond the natural. In God is our hope; in Him we trust. We find courage and peace because we know He never ever turns back on His word. He is our savior; He is our provider; He is our deliver; He is our healer. He has never failed us, and He will never ever do.
In my most gut-wrenching and faith-challenging moments, this is where I find my assurance, courage, and comfort. Praise and glory be unto our ever-truthful, ever-trustworthy, and ever-dependable God.
Numbers 14:8 (NLT) 8 And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey.
How wonderful it is to know God leads us to a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Our precious Lord Jesus came with a purpose of giving us life and life abundantly—life full of purpose and meaning. Many of us have heard and quoted Jeremiah’s words telling us about the Lord’s plans that are good and not evil, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. I can’t help but sense a soul-refreshing comfort and assurance whenever I remember the Lord making us lie down in lush green meadows.
There are deterrents and oppositions to this. Many times, others have their own version of a land flowing with milk and honey. We’re careful because this can be true even with believers. Not everyone allows God’s Word to take deep and strong roots in their hearts. Simple trials make them look back to the immediate fun and pleasures of their past. Often, blindness kicks in. They lose sight of the obvious and powerful miracles and blessings God has brought them. Their once dreaded but endured past, their land of slavery and bondage, they see now as the land flowing with milk and honey.
But how pleasant it is to us who live for God’s pleasure. Despite all the obstacles, challenges, oppositions and enemies, despite our inabilities and limitations, God isn’t stopped; He brings us safely to His promise. Anything or anyone who gets in the way becomes a helpless prey to the promise. The presence of hurdles before us is trumped by God’s presence in and among us. Why fear? Caveat: I’m not suggesting Christian journey is perfect—that we will always please God. There are moments of slips and failures. But God knows who His sincere followers are. And in His unfailing love, He forgives the contrite and repentant. He restores our souls and leads us back to the paths of righteousness—to the path of promise.
Our minds and hearts are set: the Lord is our God. We live for His pleasure. We’re living in His promise—a land flowing with milk and honey. And we’re journeying to the next. It’s a journey of promise to another promise. There’s no life better than the life of a believer.
Revelation 3:10 (KJV) 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
The hour of temptation—the great time of testing will come, but we as God’s people need not worry or fear; God will protect us.
We’re not sure if this is a reference to the much debated Great Tribulation. Whether or not it is, we will still undergo this hour of temptation. Hearing such can naturally cause fear. The truth can be very daunting. Praise God, He gave us a very comforting promise–His much needed protection; He will keep us. He need not promise more. His protection is enough to carry us through no matter how horrible the events will be.
Dear Lord, You are a very powerful and present help at all times. You never leave us or forsake us. We’re comforted by the truth that whatever comes our way, no matter how difficult or scary they may be, You will be with us as our impenetrable shield. In You, we are and will always be safe.
John 16:33 (KJV) 33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Jesus’ Words are to give us peace, no matter how scary the truth may sound. In Jesus can we find very interesting and comforting paradoxes. We have tribulations, but we have joy. This is not a self-assuring yet dangerous denial of trials and persecutions; they’re based on our Lord’s promises and accomplishments.
Praise God for revealing important truths to us. He doesn’t always divulge everything, but He doesn’t deprive us of truths we need. He’s a loving God Who wants us to have everything necessary for a full and meaningful life.
We’ve had experiences when others have pointed out how little we have and yet we’re filled with joy. We don’t take that as an insult. What can compare to such a life? Others try to accumulate as much wealth and resources as they can. But it’s not really the gold, fame, and number of people around us that matter the most; it’s what they’re supposed to bring to us: security, worth, significance, value, love, joy, peace, and so much more.
We have them—without the tiring pursuit for more stuff.
Hebrews 11:13 (KJV) 13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
We don’t forget: we are strangers and pilgrims here on the earth. We’ve received innumerable, unique, and wonderful blessings from our heavenly Father for being believers. But there are still unimaginably more and greater blessings awaiting us.
So if we’re not a part of the 1% of the richest and most famous? So what if we don’t live in mansions and palaces? There are those of us, like me, who don’t even own our homes; we’re “just” renters. These things don’t sadden us.
We’re just pilgrims passing through the here and now. Our eyes are set on the glorious place we can truly and gratefully (thanks to our Dad) call our own. We don’t get carried away trying to invest so much on earthly temporal treasures and possessions. We have absolutely glorious and blissful heavenly rooms or mansions and existence prepared personally by our precious Lord and Savior waiting for us. So we pass on, with no thought or desire of getting stuck to these earthly allurements. We “…press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:14).
Revelation 1:7 (KJV) 7Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Our beloved Lord Jesus is coming back. We’re absolutely sure about this because He Himself gave us His promise, and He’s completely dependable. He never ever lies; there has not failed one word of all His promises; all His promises are yes and amen. When He comes, our faith will be vindicated. Although others don’t believe that our dear Lord Jesus really died and rose again bodily, we do. Our hope and faith are anchored on His resurrection. There were more than five hundred eyewitnesses of his resurrection; they saw Him ascend above the clouds; they heard the comforting declaration that in the same way He left, He will come again.
Our heart breaks for those who still don’t believe despite all the convincing evidences of His reality and power. Our Lord Jesus is alive and He’s alive forevermore. One day soon and very soon, the clouds will break open and He will return in great splendor and glory. I don’t know what amazing miracle He will perform, but every eye from all curves of the world will see Him. This isn’t impossible for Him Who created our incomprehensible universe. What a glorious day of rejoicing it will be, but not all will be delighted. For some, it will be a day of utter horror and deepest anguish.
We continue to pray for the lost to be saved: our love ones, relatives, friends and neighbors. Anyone can be saved. Whoever wills may come and drink freely from the Living Water. We pray that none will remain lost, although truth declares otherwise. If our hearts are broken because of this fact, I can’t imagine the pain in the heart of our Father—He Who loves us most. But we’re steadfast; we keep on fighting, for ourselves, and for others. When our Lord comes, I pray that we take with us most of the people within our sphere of influence—our personal “worlds.” We get it: the road is straight, the gate is narrow, there’s only one door, only few find it and enter in, but our loving God has done everything He needed to do and is continually moving through His gentle Holy Spirit to woo people to Him. We take great joy and encouragement in this. We joyfully move with Him.
Isaiah 43:2 (KJV) 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Our God is able. He divided the Red Sea (or Sea of Reeds); He stopped the flow of the Jordan River; He quenched the violence of a fiery furnace. Through all of them, He saved His people. He is mighty to save. He has shown us repeatedly what He can do. He subdued kingdoms…stopped the mouths of lions…turned armies to flight. A young shepherd boy slew a battle-hardened giant, parents received their children back from death, powerful kingdoms were subdued (see Heb. 11).
This God is with us. We’re with Him. We live for His glory. We’re His people; through us other’s see Him and hear about Him. They see His uniqueness, His love, His power, His beauty. From generation to generation His reality is experienced. With all His awesome wonders, He still does new things. He’s God; He’s Sovereign; He’s free to do whatever He wants to do. His interventions in our affairs, His salvation, His miracles still abound.
He does things to us, in us, and through us. He has honored us with His covenant. He can do everything perfectly all by Himself, but in His love, He invites us to join Him. He wants His children to have fun. Our friends do not understand why and how we can turn away from our former ways. We’ve been unshackled; we’re free. What things still binds people have no more power over us. We testify; we gladly and lovingly proclaim God and His salvation. Some get saved; some go slandering us. That’s not something to cause us to give up all the wonders of life in Him.