There is so much evil in the world today. A small voice inside of me wonders if God really knows what is going on, and if He does, why isn’t He stopping it.
I recently heard the testimony of a young girl who has been abused sexually. A couple weeks ago, she attempted to commit suicide. She’s a believer.
All I know is that if my heart is breaking, I can’t even imagine how God must feel. And if I’m angry, He must be livid.
As Christians, we’re told to look in God’s Word for hope; to learn His promises to us and to keep them in our hearts.
But what are God’s promises?
My pastor at my church talked about this a few months ago and I think it needs to be shared…
1.Every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
God says in His Word that the Holy Spirit will give us power to do things for God’s Kingdom. We need only ask. Spiritual blessings are a privilege.
2. He’ll meet every one of our needs.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will
be given to you as well.”
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory
in Christ Jesus.”
Our God wants to care for us. We are His prized possession. Keep in mind that He supplies for all of our needs, not all of our wants or desires. God will take care of us and He’ll provide for our needs. Every. Single. One. But we need to let Him and give Him control to do so.
3. In every trial and tribulation, He’ll be with us to comfort us.
2 Corinthians 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
God is not a God who throws His children out to the wolves. Yes, as Christians, our lives will not always be easy, but we have the promise that God will carry us through. If He brings us to it, He’ll bring us through it.
4. He’ll give us power from the Holy Spirit.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you
will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to
the ends of the earth.”
Without the Holy Spirit we’re defenseless against the darkness, but the Lord equips us not only with His Word, but with the power that comes with it, the Holy Spirit.
5. No matter what happens in our lives, He’ll take it and turn it into good; give is a reason and a purpose.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love
him, who have been called according to his purpose.
I don’t understand why God allows evil in this world, but I know for a fact that He can take our sufferings and turn them into powerful testimonies that not only help others, but bring Him glory as well.
6. He’ll give us rest.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
If the Lord took a day of rest after creating the existence of mankind, I’m pretty sure He can give us time to rest and knows when we need it.
7. He’ll return and never leave us nor forsake us.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Jesus is coming back. Y’all, He doesn’t play games. He’s coming back, and He’s coming soon. What kind of God would create us and leave us to parish?
Many times the Bible uses the metaphor of God’s Word as a “lamp for our feet.” Back in biblical times, a lamp wasn’t like the ones we have today. One had to always pay attention to the length of the wick, cutting it when needed. One had to give it oil to keep it burning.
Same with God’s promises to us.
God doesn’t just give us His Word with promises and then leaves us. He constantly is trimming the wick and giving it oil. He is always checking on us, never leaving us. So, when the Bible says that His Word is a “lamp for our feet,” it means that God is constantly lighting the path to righteousness, rest, safety, and love.
When we watch the news, and see all of the evil things going on in this world or when we hear what awful trials that someone has been through, we can look through the dark and see Jesus standing with His arms open.
I don’t know what you’re going through, but God does. If you don’t know where to run to, run to Him. Run to His promises.
Note: Credit to Pastor Alan Beauchamp of Praise Assembly Church, Missouri.
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