So many of the Scriptures that speak of God’s faithfulness use phrases like forever and ever, to all generations, enduring, eternal, to the end. Are you like me? I seem to have no trouble believing God’s promise of a forever life, His forgiveness of my sins, His creation, His conquering death—all those vague, other-realm promises. But what about today? Can I depend on His promises for my tough day today?
Will He get me through this stressful day? Give me wisdom in my decision? Help me with this relationship? Help me know how to love this person? Show more power than my addiction? Work for my good in everything?
Another word from Deuteronomy—
“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid and do not panic. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Go in, take the land!” (Deuteronomy 31:6-8, my paraphrase)
Faith is moving forward and taking action based on our confidence in God’s promises. There are so many instances in Scripture where God says, Go ahead, do it! Go in and take the land. Come out of the boat and walk on the water with me. Calm down and watch what I do for you. Die, and you’ll find life. Love, and you’ll grow toward completeness.
Psalm 18:30 assures us that “All the Lord’s promises prove true.”
Think about that word prove.
To prove His promises are true, won’t we have to act on them?
Won’t we have to get out of the boat? Go ahead and take the land? Die? Love? Act on our hope?
I think so.
Today, His promises will only be proven true if I act on them.
Yet He knows how timid I am, how weak my faith. So He reassures me with strong language in His Word. “I will do this,” He says. We can trust Him. He is faithful. He wants us to have no doubt.
But without faith—acting on our confidence in Him—we will never take the land or walk on water.
So let’s do it — let’s prove His promises today!
Your faithfulness extends to every generation,
as enduring as the earth you created.
(from Psalm 119:90)