God is confronting the heathen for their idolatry but is comforting Israel concerning their relationship with Himself. In these 3 verses, God gives us, His children, some reasons to be encouraged. Some may say, “I don’t have anything to be happy about, it just seems that everything is against me.” Thank God, even when we forget His promises, He still remembers. (Old man, who was dying, couldn’t remember God’s promises, but was reminded that God never forgets.) In these verses, God gives you, His children, some precious promises for your journey.
The question may come to mind, “Why does God promise us anything? After all, it is we who ought to be promising Him things.” Well, it doesn’t work like that. When we get saved, we begin to live under the economy of grace. From a human standpoint, nothing God does makes very much sense, (Some things He does.) Why does He do this? Notice verses 8-9, He picked us, we did not choose Him. Therefore, He will do everything to see that we are looked after in our journey.
With this in mind, notice these precious promises that God has given you for your journey.
THE PROMISE OF HIS PRESENCE
A. His Presence Is Powerful – His presence has the power to drive away fear – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7)
B. His Presence Is Personal – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matt. 28:20) (Not an angel, but the Lord Himself – But He saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. (John 6:20)
C. His Presence Is Perpetual – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Heb. 13:5) – Where life can lead, still never alone!
THE PROMISE OF HIS PERSON
A. There Is A Relationship – This is personal, our relationship with God has to be defined on His terms because He has ownership of our past, present, and future. God is faithful to forgive a genuine heart, guide a willing servant and uphold the promises He makes to those who faithfully endure. We can trust in the one who does not change, cannot lie, whose “mercy is everlasting” and whose “truth endures to all generations” (Psalm 100:5).
B. There Is A Realization – He is GOD! He can do anything! – Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Eph. 3:20) – “I know that You can do everything And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. (Job 42:2) – (Luke 1:37) (Psa. 115:3)
C. There Is A Reality – (“Dismayed” – To look anxiously about.) If God is my God, and He is an able God, then why do we need to fear, fret or faint? My God is on the throne! (His mighty deeds. He hasn’t changed! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb. 13:8 ) (We need to remember just who He is!)
THE PROMISE OF HIS POWER
(God’s promise here is three-fold. Yea = “Surely” There are three aspects of His power that we can count on.)
A. He Will Strengthen Us – He will give us the power to see every duty and every day to its the conclusion. There will be grace and strength for every need – (2 Cor. 12:9; And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.)
B. He Will Support Us – He will give us what we need, when we need it, in the exact proportions that we require it – Phil. 4:19. (Psalm 23:1-6 – The statement of verse 1 is explained.) (The Lordis my shepherd; I shall not want.)
C. He Will Sustain Us – God will keep us and get us safely through the journey until we all reach Heaven, Vers. 9, 17. God did not save us to abandon us along the way – 1 Pet. 1:5, (Present, Passive, Participle) (The Egyptian in 1 Sam. 30:11-13 (And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat, and they made him drink water; 12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. 13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me because three days alone I fell sick.) God doesn’t operate like that! Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; (Phil. 1:6) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thes. 5:23) That’s my kind of guarantee!
I praise the Lord for His promises! Don’t you? However, let’s be honest, we do not all live like we believe these things, do we? Today might be a good day for you to come before the Lord and thank Him for His perfect Word and the promises it contains. Just to thank Him for being faithful and dependable.
Our journey may be long, or it might be short. Whatever the length of it, or whatever we may face, I am thankful that we can count on God and His promises during our journey.