Maybe with all the situations that we’ve already experienced, it has been normal for us to be skeptic and doubtful, or afraid and unsure of what lies ahead. Mainly because we’ve already been disappointed with a lot of things, a lot of times, before.
We might have trusted people, our even our own abilities, yet we ended up a failure. We have been scarred, enough for us to be anxious of what’s to come. Those may have caused us to loosen our trust with God.
So we ask God, just like what we did the last time, but this time, our questions got longer and more specific, and like a curious child would do, we end up with a series of questions.
We just want to be sure. I get it. We want certainty in everything so that we’ll be able to sleep at night. We don’t want to end up disappointed again. It hurts. A lot. I know how that feels like. And that’s normal because we’re human after all. We don’t know the future. All we had are experiences that may be our basis for our decisions. Well, that’s not really bad at all, isn’t it?
Yet let me tell you today that even though we can’t be sure about what’s gonna happen in the future, God is more than a hundred percent sure of our great future. He is a great God who promises us things beyond ourselves even. And we can be sure that He will keep His promise for us.
God is powerful.
He is always able to do great things. He has parted the waters, and they obey Him. He has made the least to be King. He has healed blind people. He has overcome the grave. What can He not do?
God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Ephesians 3:20 MSG
God has a clean record.
He has kept His promise with Abraham where He has made him into a great nation. He has kept His promise to the Israelite to bring them to the promise land. He has kept His promise with Joshua, Hannah, David, and you name it!
If has kept His promises since the beginning of time, wouldn’t He be able to keep His promise for you this time?
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
God has made a covenant.
In the Bible, whenever two people come up with an agreement, they have to kill animals and they both have to walk through between the halved bodies of the animals as a declaration that they’ll face the same if they will fail to do their part. (Gen 15:9-21)
“O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” — Abraham’s question to God when God revealed that he will be a great nation.
And sometimes, we’re like that. We want some evidence, we want to be sure that the person who promised us will actually do what he says.
We might think God might be mad or angry because we can’t trust Him immediately but God is actually delighted when we seek Him and ask Him what really is in our hearts. He wants to hear what we’re struggling with and what we really want of Him.
In Abraham’s story, God actually made a covenant with Abraham. But instead that both of them should take that walk for the covenant to be sealed, only God passed between the pieces through a smoking fire and a flaming torch.
You see, God is telling him,
“Even when you won’t be faithful, I will remain faithful. You don’t have to walk in between the pieces because even your part, I will do them. I will be the one to work in you so that you could make them.”
And just like Abraham, God has already made a covenant with us 2000+ years ago through the life of Jesus. His death on the cross already covered our part in the agreement.
Even being a sinner is already a failure, yet He gave Jesus, His Son, to die for us to complete our part, to be righteous. We are already sinless in the eyes of God, we are already His children that’s why we receive favor from Him.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 ESV
That promise of a great future ahead will surely come to pass. That promise of a storm-proof life is sure. That eternal life will definitely happen because God has made a covenant in the cross for us.
And now, we can be sure that come what may, God is going to bring us through the trials with joy and gladness in out hearts. He is our amazing God. He is a God of miracles and breakthroughs. Nothing can fathom. Nothing can come against.
[Insight on UNWAVERING series week 4 @ Victory Katipunan 3PM service last September 2, 2018]