Joshua 18-21; Mark 8

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“Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”

Joshua 21:45 ESV

The promises of the Lord can be trusted. I know that intellectually, but my heart fails me so much of the time. I wonder and I doubt. I read the stories and see all that God has done…yet…I wonder if he will do the same for me. Will He provide? Will He heal? Will He give me the desires of my heart? Will He really never leave me?

I can only imagine how the Israelite’s wondered the same thing. They had wandered around in the desert for 40 years. They saw the size of the people living in the promised land and doubted. They marched around Jericho. They fought the battles. And…God fulfilled His promises…His Good Promises.

What good promises can I cling to today?

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“Who do people say that I am?”

Mark 8:27 ESV

I don’t know all the promises we can cling to from the Lord. I know there are some promises that were meant for a very specific group of people. Waiting for those promises will leave me wondering about God’s goodness and intentions in my life. There are other promises that I cling to.

  • “Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5
  • “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…” Isaiah 40:31
  • “For God so loved the world…” John 3:16
  • “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

Even more than the promises to cling to, however, is the God who made them. I want to cling to my God. I want to know my God. I want to know the God who promised His presence…who provides…who loves and who is worthy of my love in return.

Dear Father, may we cling to you more strongly than your promises. When asked who You are, may we reply with ‘My God’. Amen.

Mandy Baldwin (mkaybaldwin)

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