Divine Outlook#9. “I will not fail you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).

Divine Outlook#9. “I will not fail you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).

Broken promises are the scourge of humanity.

If every person on earth had honoured their commitments for just one year in the twentieth century, the twenty-first century would be unrecognisable compared to its present state.

The knock-on effects would have been phenomenal. Imagine if everyone worked out their differences instead of walking away from marriage, or children. Also, imagine the shock of having businesses and customers paying their bills on time. It would have put a myriad of lawyers and debt collectors out of business.

As a Christian, you will inevitably be disappointed by other church members. It is because some Christians grow in Christ, and others don’t. Therefore low-level integrity will always bring forth dishonest behaviour; your faith will be tested.

However, although some fake saints lie, God is incapable of such a thing (Heb.6:18).

God’s promises are both eternal and day-to-day practical:

Not only does the Lord promise eternal rest for your soul when you come to him (Mt.11:28), he provides strength to revive you as you hope in him (Isa.40:31).

Every man gets caught up in the love of things. Too often he finds joy and security in that which will fade away. But God’s offer of His steadfast love comes with a vow that He will never depart from you” (Isa.54:10).

Never can we accuse God of abandoning us to the power of sin and temptation. He always offers a way of escape from every temptation (1Cor.10:13); an escape we must seek and use immediately.

We must remind each other that the devil is forever holding up before us counterfeit blessings. And because his guarantees of satisfaction appear real, we must help each other to apply God’s provision of wisdom to every encounter (Jm.1:5), lest we abandon the Lord’s promises for the devil’s lies.

“For he himself has said,
I will never leave you or abandon you.
Therefore, we may boldly say,
The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”
(Hebrews 13:5-6)

John Staiger


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