Have you ever just stopped and allowed the words found in scripture to sink in? I did that this morning when I read the words of Psalm 119:50 (NCV).
“When I suffer, this comforts me: Your promise gives me life.”
As I reflected on these words, I can’t help but think about all of the promises God has for each and every one of us. This morning, one promise quickly popped into my mind
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
In recent months, this is the promise I have clung to. People that really know me know that I can go through life with my fists clinched tightly to the “steering wheel” of life. I hold on too tight to things I have no control over. It really drives me crazy sometimes and even when I know I should just let go…my grip gets a little tighter. It’s down right exhausting. I know what you may be thinking… “then why grip so tight?” Honestly…I have no clue. Perhaps I don’t trust God enough…or forget that He is with me and only has the best plan for my life in mind. When I pause and look back at past experiences, I am reminded that sometimes I don’t turn to Him and seek His counsel, I get caught up in the “out of control circumstances” of my life.
This morning, I was reminded all over again that the Lord’s promises give me life… an abundant life (John 10:10) at that! In them I can hope in any circumstance that comes my way.
Praise you Father for your love and kindness. Help us to become ever mindful of your Presence and your Word, even when the storms of life are raging. Amen.
Here are a few promises I am standing on today:
Psalm 27:13 (NIV) I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm 28:7 (NIV) The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Hewbrews 6:19 – 20 (NIV) We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.