Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hold on to the Promises

Promises by Santus Real

It's the end of another very rough day. One of those days that has me sobbing and ready to give up. 

One of those days.

When I was driving home tonight (and crying), this song came on the radio. It was just the reminder I need. It's hard to hold on to God's promises when I can't see Him keeping all those promises in the details of my life.

I know He is. I know it. But keeping faith in those promises is something I have to fight hard for during the dark times. From my human perspective, it looks like He's not holding up His end of the deal. Yet I believe that He is always working on behalf of my good. Even when it sure as heck does not feel good. 

"He holds back nothing that will heal you, even His own Son." Wow. Those words hit me square in the chest. I desperately need His healing emotionally, relationally, and physically. These words powerfully remind me that He offers everything I could ever need for healing. His love is unending; His mercies new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

As I wrestle, as I cry, as I fight to keep choosing life and joy, I'm so thankful that none of what I'm facing or will ever face, can separate me from my God and His love. Praise Him!

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against' God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: 

'For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.' 

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor li fe, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:31-39)

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