His Promises

A short while back a dear friend asked me a couple of very challenging questions:
How did you trust God even when you knew your Mom may not live? How did you trust Him when what you were praying for and hoping for wasn’t happening?

I went back to that time and reflected on my experience: praying for healing and ultimately watching my Mom succumb to cancer. It was awful. Anyone who has experienced loss knows this. We hope and pray for physical healing and comfort, but so often it doesn’t happen.

So what was my response?  I trusted His promises.
You see, Jesus makes some pretty serious promises to us.
Consider the following:

Trouble and Triumph
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33b
Eternal Presence
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:20b
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
John 14:3

Jesus promises that we will face troubles in this world. We will endure pain, hardship, and loss. However… in the midst of these trials, we will have His presence and the knowledge that He is preparing a place for us.

Don’t miss this though: it is not enough to trust His promises. We miss the point if we focus on the promises and hold them above the One delivering the promises. The truth is, I trust in His promises because I trust in Him.

So where does that leave us? I pray it brings you joy and peace, but not complacency. Our trust in Him and His promises needs to be made known to others.

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