Last week I wrote about God keeping His promises.
I continue to contemplate this subject.
Not long ago while I drove back from Vero Beach where I visited my parents, a song came on the radio through which God reminded me once again, “I do keep My promises.” The name of the song is “I Will” by Ellie Holcomb.
The words of truth from that song reached deep into my heart. Since then I’ve listened to the song many times.
Despite difficulties I continue to face with a loved one making unwise choices resulting in harsh consequences, God wants to answer my questioning heart: Will God truly bring good out of this difficult situation? Will God transform the lives of those I pray for daily? Will God heal my broken heart over this loved ones waywardness?
“It’s my will to do each of those.”
I realize God’s will is to keep every promise made in Scripture. But I also know I must do my part. Those I pray for need to do their part if they want any part of promises God made. In many verses some action ignites the fulfillment of the promise. These center on my having faith in a promise-keeping God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 comes to mind. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” NKJV
I could say, “God is not directing my path.” Some days it certainly seems He isn’t keeping that promise. But then I look at what He requires of me, and I can see why. He calls me to trust Him rather than my own understanding. Also, He wants me to acknowledge Him, which means looking to Him and believing Him and declaring “it’s all about Him.”
I confess that again and again I have to deal with my lack of trust, my leaning on my own understanding–thinking my brain can to figure it all out. Scores of times I fail to acknowledge Him–at least early on–in difficult situations.
As I look at the promises presented in the song, I see God working those in my heart and life as I draw closer to Him–even if He hasn’t yet worked the promises out in my loved ones as they at times seem to drift further and further away from Him.
Until they decide to turn around and believe and receive the promises He has for them, I can embrace the ones He holds out to me. The enemy’s desire in these kinds of circumstances is to get everyone involved to move away from the Lord, so no one can praise God for a promise fulfilled.
As for me, I refuse to allow this difficult time to draw me away from the Lord. Some days I have to fight to keep from going along with others who analyze the situation and try to come up with solutions without consulting the Lord. Or they look to the world’s remedies for issues which can only be solved by the sovereign hand of God.
I praise God today for the promises He’s keeping in my life–from Proverbs 3:5-6, from Philippians 4:6-7: I’m letting go of being anxious, and I’m praying about everything, and He’s giving me promised peace. Also, I think of Psalms 34:4. As I keep seeking the Lord, He’s delivering me from all my fears–as promised.
I desire to keep my focus on the Lord and not believe the lies of the enemy. When he tries to communicate, “Your God won’t…” I choose to reply with an emphatic, “He will!”
“He Will”by Ellie Holcomb