Election Day passed a few weeks ago but we are still in the midst of campaigning for next year’s Presidential Election. There are many things about this time of year that can make me smile – cool weather, warm comfy sweaters and pumpkin spiced coffee – but political campaigns do not. Sometimes all of the adsc overwhelm me and I stop listening. When the candidates are not attacking their opponents, they are making promises; promises I don’t know whether they will be able to keep. Each candidate is making promises as to what they’ll do in leading our country, state or local area – changing what the previous and current administration did, addressing issues on the minds of the people and not raising taxes. The one we believe is able to fulfill their promises is most likely the one for whom we’ll vote.
Christians often hear to trust the promises of God. We sing “I’m standing on the promises of God”. We spend time memorizing scripture so we can hold on to it when difficulties or doubts come. A Bible search showed only a few times where the writer said he was trusting in God’s word. Any of the commands to trust always direct our trust toward God, the LORD. Proverbs 3:5 ~ “Trust in the LORD with all your heart…” It’s not the promise we trust in any way. The fulfillment of the promise is dependent upon the one making the promise. What benefit is a promise if I don’t know the one making the promise? Does the one making the promise have the resources and character to fulfill the promise? The promise could be empty words. Each of us at one time or another has experienced the heartache of a broken promise. Broken promises of the past can make it harder for us to trust the next time a promise is made.
I must know and believe God so I can trust in Him and be assured that He will fulfill His promises. I must know
- God does not change
- He is faithful
- He loves me unconditionally
- He does not lie
- and more…
before I can believe
- He’ll never leave me
- He’ll hear me when I pray
- I will find Him when I seek Him
- (add your own favorite)
Trust in God and his character and then you will have a calm assurance that everything He has promised, He will do.
Now there’s something to smile about!