God’s Promises

The fast moving white water was turbulent and appeared to be churning, as it poured into the forebay. A refreshing light mist, hanging over the stormy waters which stirred beneath, tingled my skin, and seemed to delicately kiss and refresh me. Jetting out from the most tumultuous parts of the water was a stunning rainbow. This scene brought to mind the many promises of God.

Rainbows are actually a sign to us of God’s solemn promise to never again flood the earth, as found in Genesis 9:12-17. As I stared deep into the tossing water, the Lord showed me a symbolic picture of how life’s troubles can be stormy, explosive, and even turbulent at times. However, right above that raging water, was a beautiful rainbow… a reminder of God’s promise that He will always be faithful to get us through the rough waters of this life. Psalm 91:4 tells us, “He will cover you with His pinions. And under His wings you may seek refuge. His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of God’s promises. Life can be hectic and unpredictable. Things happen that we don’t often anticipate or understand the “why.” When the waters feel as if they are raging all around you, remember these 15  promises from the Lord:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

“Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord, their hearts are secure, they will have no fear…” Psalm 112:6-8

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for you souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…” Jeremiah 29:11

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:10

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:7-8

“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

“… I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do; Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

As I looked beyond the squally water, it became calm, peaceful, and serene as it was released and held in the forebay. That is a good picture of God’s faithfulness to us. When we hang onto the promises of God, He will deliver us out of our present turmoil into a peaceful place where the waters of life are once again calm, as we learn to rest and trust in Him.

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