We have hope because of who God is. No matter what is going on in your life, your relationships, and your community of faith, you can trust God is working. He is fulfilling his promises. Of course, our hearts and our willingness to obey are involved in the fruit we will see, but God’s will is God’s will, and God’s promises are his promises. He will stay true to his word no matter what we choose, because he can’t be anything other than true to his word. He is fully and sovereignly authentic, consistent, and reliable.
We have disappointments. Our lives aren’t perfect as we see them. We struggle. We feel lonely. We think we’re insignificant or not enough. Or we think we’re more than we are, and our pride gets in the way. We look at God’s promises and wonder where on earth he is and why is he not saying what he said he would do! Sometimes we misunderstand God’s promises, but most of the time, we’re trying impose our own limited understanding or our assumptions and preferences onto God’s promises. He doesn’t promise we’ll understand everything. He promises to be who he says he is and do what he says he will do.
Remember, God has an eternal perspective. He’s not bound by time, and he’s not bound by the confines of life on earth. As Priscilla Shirer said in a simulcast event, “Exactly what God says is exactly what God means. We need to take God at his word.”
We have hope because of who God is, who he says we are, and what he says he will do. Need a reminder? Here are just a few from Psalm 119.
Lord, you gave your orders to be obeyed completely. (Psalm 119:4)
Lord, you should be praised. Teach me your demands. (Psalm 119:12)
Lord, teach me your demands, and I will keep them until the end. (Psalm 119:33)
Lord, show me your love, and save me as you have promised. (Psalm 119:41)
Lord, I remember you at night, and I will obey your teachings. (Psalm 119:55)
Lord, you are my share in life; I have promised to obey your words. (Psalm 119:57)
Lord, your love fills the earth. Teach me your demands. (Psalm 119:64)
Lord, I know that your laws are right and that it was right for you to punish me. (Psalm 1119:75)
Lord, your word is everlasting; it continues forever in heaven. (Psalm 119:89)
Lord, accept my willing praise and teach me your laws. (Psalm 119:108)
Lord, it is time for you to do something, because people have disobeyed your teachings. (Psalm 119:126)
Lord, you do what is right, and your laws are fair. (Psalm 119:137)
Lord, I call to you with all my heart. Answer me, and I will keep your demands. (Psalm 119:145)
Lord, you are very kind; give me life by your laws. (Psalm 119:156)
God doesn’t give you insignificant, uncommitted lip service through his promises. He lives them out to completion. How are you responding? Can he depend on your trust and obedience?