Let God's promises shine on your problems. —Corrie Ten Boom
Quotes from someone like Corrie Ten Boom such as this one are so powerful. I could say the same thing and it would still be valid, but she let God's promises shine on her problems in the midst of the horrors and death of the Nazi concentration camps. She even watched her beloved sister die in the midst of that earthly hell. Clearly, her belief was rooted in something more than the hope that God would cause her problems to go away. She experienced the true promises of God in the midst of her problems.
We find the same level of belief in Sarah and Abraham.
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:20-21)
Belief is being convinced of promises.
Abraham and Sarah clearly knew what God was promising. It wasn't wishful thinking. God Himself told them what was going to happen and what was true.
We, too, can be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He promises. Let's just make sure that we are convinced of His promises and not confused by our own expectations.
Do you know the promises of God? Do you believe them?
- Jesus promised that we would know trouble in this world, but urged us to take courage, because He had overcome the world. (John 16)
- God promises that though we walk toward certain death, He will be with us every step of the way. (Psalm 23)
- Our Lord promises that when we are weak, He will be strong in us. (2 Corinthians 12)
So many of His promises seem contrary to our wishes (that we would not have trouble, that we would not get sick or die, that we would always feel strong, etc.). But the nature of God's promises are deeper than that, and we need to be willing to let the light of truth shine on our problems too.
Dear God, fill my heart and mind with the incredible promises of Scripture! Tell me the truth. Reveal false expectations and give me a belief that is convinced of the pure, life-giving promises You have made. Amen.