One of our daughters enjoys running and was out one day, feeling at ease with herself and all the world, when she became aware of a beautiful rainbow arching overhead. She remembered God’s promise to Noah and, as many Christians do when they see rainbows, reminded herself that God is always faithful to His word. Sometime later, when life wasn’t quite so rosy, she was again running, and yet another rainbow appeared. It was as if God was saying to her, “Even though things aren’t so easy for you at the moment, I do not change, and My promises are still firm and sure.”
It is easy to say that we believe and trust in God’s promises when everything is going smoothly for us, but much more difficult when we are facing hardships and stresses in our lives. Corrie Ten Boom used to liken our lives to a tapestry, woven with many different coloured threads. We can only see the underside, which often looks tangled and knotted, but God can see the upper side in which all the threads blend together to make a perfect picture.
May I encourage those of you today, who may be going through difficult and stressful times, that God’s promises are sure. It’s not easy to hold on to those promises when life is hard and dark, but God says, ‘I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you’, (Jeremiah 29:11), and ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you’, (Hebrews 13: 5b).
The Lord Jesus fulfilled the beautiful words written in Isaiah 42:3 ‘a bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not quench’ (Matthew 12:20). Know that God says this to you when you are when you go through those difficult times - “a bruised reed I will not break and a dimly burning wick I will not quench”.
Be encouraged with David who spoke of his total confidence that, ‘Although my father and mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up (adopt me as His child’, (Psalm 27: 10), and rest on the wonderful promise of Jesus to all His disciples, ‘surely I AM with you always to the very end of the age.’(Capitals mine).
Prayer: Dearest Father, there are times when I feel really down and far away from You. It’s hard to trust in Your promises at times like these, but I know that You never change – it’s me that changes. Please help me to place my feet on the solid rock of Your presence and faithfulness and know that You are always with me, no matter what is happening in my life. Thank You, dear Father, Amen.
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