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God’s Promises

by coie - March 31st, 2009.
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In Deuteronomy chapter 3 is a recounting of the “wilderness years” for the Israelites and it comes to a point when God tells Moses that “This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.” (v. 25), speaking of the lands that they would conquer and take possession of.  The surrounding areas were more than likely informed of this large group who escaped Egypt, with the part about the plagues and Pharaoh’s horses and chariots being swept away and killed in the Red Sea thrown in for good measure.  Or the defeat of Amalek.  And the king of Arad.  Perhaps witnesses saw the pillar of fire that guided them by night.   I’d be quaking in my boots, too, if they were dropping by my neighborhood.

And I’ll bet that the citizens of Seir, Moab and Ammon were scared too.  Israel was going to be tromping right through there.  But that would have been unecessary fear.  Why?  Because our God is faithful and true to His word.  As He struck dread and fear into the hearts of men, He remembered his promise to these cities and told Moses, “You are about to pass through the territory of your brothers, the people of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you…Do not contend with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as for the sole of the foot to tread on, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession.” (v. 4,5) and “Do not harass Moab or contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land for a possession, because I have given Ar to the people of Lot for a possession.” (v. 9) and “And when you approach the territory of the people of Ammon, do not harass them or contend with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the sons of Lot for a possession.” (v.19).

Imagine the dread that they were feeling.  And yet, they could have rested in God’s promise to them, knowing that He is faithful and true.

Now consider this.

38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.      Romans 8:38-39

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22And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! 25And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? 26If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! 29And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. 30For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. 31But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.     Luke 12:22-31

Yes, we read it, we’ve heard it, and yes, of course, we believe it, when it is typed out in a blog post, we just scan over it because we already know!  Or do we?  Maybe we just let it sit on the back burner.  Because we all get stressed when the funds get tight.  When dinner for the next week is looking like popcorn.  Or when life goes wrong and we doubt God’s love.  How similar we are to those three fearful, anguishing cities.  Those three cities resting ever so safely in God’s promise while great kings were being destroyed around them.  We have that promise, we recite those words, we possess a holy book filled with testimonies of God’s love and faithfulness.  And yet we fear.  So let us read it in a new light and be content.  Let us look at that bank account and be at peace.  Let us rest solely and joyfully on God’s goodness.  Oh yes, and let’s not forget to share the secret.

5For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.    Romans 8:5-9

 

3 Responses to God’s Promises

  1. 🙂 Mommy loves the mookers.

  2. Very well said – I don’t know who your post was meant for, but I thought I’d let you know that our Sweet Savior used your words and His words to touch me. I’ve been struggling with some big issues and have been mired down in faithless worry. Thank you for saying so clearly what I needed to hear.

    God bless you!

    Amy

  3. Great post, Coie. That’s something that I sometimes struggle. When things aren’t going the way I want them to, or when something tragic happens, I don’t lose my head knowledge that God is still in control and will work all things for the good of those who love Him. The problem is in trusting what He has told me in His Word, and in acting on that trust. Thanks for the reminder.

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