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Devotion – Promises, Promises

Posted May 19 2010 6:15pm
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“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” (Psalm 119:76)

None of us know what a day will bring in terms of experiences. Even those not having to deal with chronic conditions begin each day anew. God’s promises are no respecter of persons. Sometimes, it appears that way as I view others’ lives that seem less complicated than mine. This verse is a plea for the comfort of God’s unfailing love – a promised comfort.

Among God’s other promises are that He will never leave me or forsake me. (Hebrews 13:5). He knows the plans He has for my life – plans to give me hope. If I seek Him with all my heart, I will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:11).

Nowhere among these few promises I have chosen from Scripture does it say how God will fulfill them. My life’s roads may twist and turn making me wonder or doubt.

I may not feel his presence or have any sense of hope and my heart can become weary. Yet I know that God is love, the greatest of gifts.

His love never fails nor do his promises even when I falter. I am a servant – his devoted follower. “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (Psalm 5:3).

God is more concerned with my unconditional love, my love for the One who fulfills His promises, rather than my feeling or understanding of how He will do it. Together – He with his unfailing love and me with my faith in Him – there is confident comfort on the road to His revelations. After all, I have also made a promise to Him to follow Him no matter the cost. Indeed, both of us are promise keepers.

Prayer: Lord, when I become impatient and wanting what I want when I want it, help me to stop. Help me to remember my promises to you. Help me to remember that serving You means trusting You – your love, your timing, your ways that are not my ways. Wrap me up in your nearness which is the comfort of your Presence. Amen.

About the Author Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 27 years of living with daily physical challenges.

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