Believing God’s Promises
For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever. - Psalm 37:28
I read and study God’s Word because it’s a map—an instruction manual—for my life. As the psalmist said, Scripture’s a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths. Yet there’s an important discipline to consider when we spend time in Scripture: and that is believing God’s promises. Listen to a few:
God is always near and will never forsake you.
God has good plans for you.
God listens to you when you pray.
God will forgive you when you fail.
From first to last, Scripture is filled with God’s promises to us. These promises of God fill us with hope and love, and they give you courage to live in the world, but not of the world. Believe God’s promises to us.
“How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter.” - Woody Allen (1935- )
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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