We played a game at youth group a while back called, “Can of Worms.” In this game, the kids write various difficult questions on pieces of paper and drop them in a can. The leaders form a panel at the front of the room and answer their questions one at a time. That night, one of the kids had written, “How can I trust God more?” Such a simple question, with so many possible answers, and yet my mind went absolutely blank. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only panelist, or that poor kid might have gone home thinking he was doomed to a lifetime of doubt. A couple of the leaders gave great responses, then the youth pastor said something that surprised me. He said, “The Bible.” Those two words seemed bare, all by themselves, but it didn’t take long for me to realize they were deeply true. He went on to say how the Bible is full of promises, and encouraged the kids to look for them as they read.
God’s promises are precious, according to Scripture. Magnificent.
(2 Peter 1:4) And yet, how easily we forget them. Case in point: I was driving to an appointment early one morning, a glorious, sun-bathed morning, the kind where light streams through misty clouds like a ray of happiness. But a recent trial in my life had left me feeling the opposite. Then I saw them, two beautiful rainbows. They were radiant, neither one the slightest bit faint. They didn’t have my name on them, of course, but they were for me. It was like God was saying, “Rebecca, remember My promises.”
I hope you’ll remember them too. Know them. Look for them as you read your Bible. Open His word, and pray that He will “Grant to you His precious and magnificent promises.”
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Russell Kelso Carter
Remember His Promises!