PROMISE MAKER AND PROMISE KEEPER
Verse for Today: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Psalms 33:20 - We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
Hope, faith, trust and confidence are a few of the words used to express the way we understand the promises of God and its impact in our daily lives. We hope in Him to act at the right time to fulfill His promises. We put our absolute faith in His promises which are true and will be fulfilled. We trust in His power to fulfill His promises. We have the confidence in Him that what He said will come true no matter what. It has been our privilege in believing in the Lord and His might. This is not because we are capable of believing in Him, but because He gave us His Spirit to enable us to believe in Him. When we allow His Spirit to take full control of our minds, emotions and will, we will be able to believe in His promises in a deeper way. The Lord wants us to develop such deep faith. The more deeply we believe in His promises the more He will be pleased with us and our faith. It is not the strength of our faith that matters, but the person in whom we put our faith that matters. The promises of our Lord are as powerful as the Lord Himself because His promises are His Word which are the Lord Himself. So when the Lord has promised that He will sustain us in this world for His Glory and for the accomplishment of His purpose in each of us, He will certainly fulfill these promises. It is for us to wait for the fulfillment of the promises by faith and trust in Him. If He has promised, He will fulfill it, but He decides when and at what measure to fulfill. As we wait for His word to come true, we need to pray and ask Him to fill our hearts with Him and His power so that we will not have doubt or unbelief. He would not be pleased if we do not hope in Him and put our faith and trust that He will keep His word. As a matter of fact, His promises are already working for us, but we will see its physical accomplishment at the right time.
Dear friend, you probably have been waiting for a long time for the Lord to act on your behalf on the basis of His promises. This waiting can be some times difficult and occasionally very frustrating. But if we submit our requests to Him and wait for His time to come, He will give us the faith to wait without grumbling. He will give us the strength to do what we ought to do in the meanwhile. Our faith should be walking and working faith rather than inactivity, lethargy and daydreaming. As we wait, He will give us patience through His Spirit which is one of the fruit of the Spirit. He will fill us with hope in Him and His word. He will help us to rest in Him till His time comes. In His time, He will make all things work out beautifully for our joy and His glory. When we examine the Word of God, we will be able to realize that all His promises are being fulfilled on a daily basis. Some are promises about His programs and plans about this world and His Church. Some other promises are about and for His children's personal lives. All of these are equally important for Him because these are important for His children. All fulfilled promises are our foundations of faith for those promises which are yet to be fulfilled. As He prepares us for the fulfillment of His promises, He helps us to wait and protect us from all evil until His time of fulfilling comes. The more we wait for Him, the greater is the excitement in waiting because the day of fulfillment of promises comes closer as days go by. Let us today wait for the Lord's promises to be fulfilled in each of us in a special way. Let each day be a day of visitation from Him in our affairs and our hearts. But remember, He must be more important to us than His promises. When He fills us with Himself, it is greater than any promise that is fulfilled because the Lord is greater than all His promises.
Psalms 34:5 - Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Thought for Today
When the Lord is my portion, all His promises are already in my possession.