Friday, July 12, 2013

He Will

                I found myself thinking about the promises of God this morning. Do you know how many promises God has given us in His Word? I wasn’t sure either, so I looked it up. According to most Bible scholars there are too many to count. Think about that for just one moment. There are more promises in the Bible than man is able to put a number on. That is a lot of promises! There was one passage of scripture that stuck out at me, however,  in regards to the promises of God to us, His children.

                “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
                In this one verse there are five promises given to us from God. If just one simple verse holds for us five powerful promises, imagine what the whole bible holds! First however, the Lord tells us that we are not to fear. Fear is something that gets us all. It causes us to doubt God, doubt His word and doubt His ability. The word “fear” is defined (in this context) as a hesitation to do something. How many times have we felt the Lord prompting us to do something, to speak something, to ask for something and our fear holds us back? We start to take a step forward in faith, but in comes fear telling us that it is not possible; God cannot be telling us this, so we find ourselves hesitating to step out in faith. Fear will be the first thing that comes in our way when we step out onto the promises of God. Fear will keep us from embracing the promises that God has for us. Fear will keep us from fulfilling the desire of His will for our lives.
              
  Next the Lord tells us that we should not be dismayed. When I think of the word dismayed I get a picture of myself looking around frantically for someone to help me. The word dismayed is defined as “looking for anyone to aid, looking around for help.” We find ourselves in a situation, in a trouble or trial and many of us look for help. We run to friends, pastors, teachers, and family, anyone to help us. Then we find ourselves in fear that there is no help. But God tells us that we are not to fear because He is with us, and we are not to be dismayed because He is our God.
                God is with us. That is the first promise we find in this scripture verse. Matthew 1:23 tells us that Jesus will be born and He will be called Immanuel, which means “God is with us”. God is with us, He lives in us; He has made your heart His home. David knew this; he knew and believed that God was with him. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10) God is with us, He is always with us, He has never left us and He never will. That is a promise we can cling to.
                The second promise that God gives us in Isaiah 41:10 is that He is our God. He is Jehovah God, God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. The worlds were formed by His Word. There is no greater power, no greater deliverer, no greater helper than our God. And He is your God. He is the one who establishes order on earth by His great power, how much more than does He desire to establish order in your life? We run to and fro looking for help, and forget that our Creator God is waiting for us to come to Him. There is nothing too impossible for God. We must remember when trials and troubles come, and they will come, He desires to be the first one we run to. He desires to be the One to help us. He promises that He will be the One who helps us, delivers us; all we have to do is come to Him.

                God now tells us that He will. When God says, “I Will”, He is saying that it is His desire, His pleasure and His delight to do these things for us. He wants to fulfill the promises He has given us. When God says “I Will” He means it. Anytime we see the words, “I Will” God is telling us that He is determined to do it. To will means to be purposed and determined to accomplish what you desire. We say “I will go here” and we do it. God is no different. He says “I will” and He is purposed and determined to do it, it gives Him great pleasure to do for us all that He promises.
                We forget the greatness of God and become fearful and dismayed. We look around for help from everyone we know, but forget to look to God who promises to us that He Will. He promises that He will strengthen us. There is an old saying that says, “God will never give us more than we can handle.” This I find to be not exactly true. Because if God says He will, then He will give us the strength to handle whatever it is He wants us to do. Saying that God never gives us more than we can handle, is saying that we are the ones to handle it, when God promises us that we don’t have to bear the burdens, He will. He will strengthen us and give us what we need at the moment we need it because He promises that He will.
                He also promises us that He will help us. He will defend us; He will aid us in all areas of our life. There is nothing beyond His reach; there is nothing beyond His capabilities. If He was able to raise Jesus Christ to life again, and by a simple word bring life into being, then how much more do you think He is able to do for you? Psalm 46:1 says that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He is the one we are to run to for help, not the world or the people in it, but Him alone, because He promises that He will help, He will be the one that gives us what we need. He will defend, He will deliver, and He will be all that we need, in every situation and in every moment of our lives. Because He promises that He will.

                Lastly the Lord promises that He will uphold us with His righteous right hand. The right hand of God refers to His power; His ultimate, unlimited power. Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father; He is the power of God revealed to all mankind. The Lord came to Sarah and asked her, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14) That is what we have to ask ourselves today. Is there anything too hard for our God? He promises that He will uphold us. He will support us, He will sustain us, and there is nothing and no one that can stand against His power. As Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) God said He will, and He will.
                We must believe that His promises are true. We must believe that He desires to strengthen us, to help us, to uphold us, to defend us to be our God, because He is always with us. There is not a person, thing or trouble that can come upon us that God decides is too much for Him to handle. There is nothing too hard for the Lord. He promises that He will. We must believe in these promises and trust in His Word to us. He said He will, and He will, because He is with us, and He is our God.

                May the Lord God strengthen our hearts today through His promises to us. May we not fear or be dismayed but believe that God is with us, and that He will strengthen us, help us and uphold us by the Power of His might. To Him be the glory now and forever, amen and amen.