I’m going on a journey.  I am kind of scared to be honest.  I’m going to try to understand (even a bit) what God’s promises are and how that affects my life.  I am coming to the realization that God provides but we are not guaranteed all of our desires.  And sometimes being denied what we want most is actually a gift.  (Hello, does Garth Brooks’ “Unanswered Prayers” ring a bell? haha.)

This is what I have so far.

His promises:

  • Paraphrasing: I have promised to bring you up out of your misery into a land flowing with milk and honey.  (Exodus 3:17)
  • The Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised.  (Deuteronomy 26:18)

What that means for us:

  • We have hope in God’s promises (Acts 26:6)
  • Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  (Hebrews 10:23)

I love, love, love the last verse.  It references hope!  Hope has been a major theme lately and I have even been contemplating getting a tattoo of the word “hope.”  It represents so much that is integral to my faith.  And while I recognize that hope is integral, how often do I “hold unswervingly” to hope?  Not often, unfortunately, but I am beginning to learn how important eternal hope is.

Why should we hope?  Because he is faithful and will provide.  What will he provide?  In  the grand scheme, he provides salvation.  I think the specifics of our daily lives do not matter in the end, the details of what he provides is not necessary to know.  What is important is that he DOES provide and that those provisions bring thanks, praise, and glory to him.  His provisions are for us to survive and live and thrive but most of all to turn back to him in worship and gratitude.  He promises to provide and he is faithful.

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