Sunday, September 27, 2015

God Always Keeps His Promises

"And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, 'Woman, you are freed from your sickness.' And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God. But the synagogue official, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, began saying to the crowd in response, 'There are six days in which work should be done; so come during them and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day." Luke 13: 10-14 NASB

We began a new series this week. It began with Jesus Sees Us As We Are , then Freed by Obedience, and yesterday's Before We Call, He Answers. (in case you want to get caught up, you can follow the links) 

This passage demonstrates a very beautiful truth that we need to understand. Jesus called to the woman, she moved in His direction, and He spoke those words she most wanted to hear but for which she least dared to hope. "Woman you are freed." From the moment those words were spoken by God's Son, the healing was underway and would not be stopped. 

When Jesus spoke, the healing was as good as done. 

There must have been a delay between the time He spoke and her actually standing erect, if only a few seconds, but the reality of healing, in the heavenlies, was done. 

This is an important truth because I have often prayed with diligence, felt I received an answer, a promise from God, and have not yet seen the reality of that promise. When God speaks a word, He speaks it with absolute truth, and we can receive it with absolute confidence. If God says something, it is true. 

If God promises, it will come to pass.

Isn't it comforting to realize that, when God says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you," that's how it is? We can count on His presence, His persistence, His promise.

What delight we can take in His promise, "I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." (Jer. 29:11) When life seems uncertain and confusing, it is a great comfort to me to KNOW that God has a plan, and it's going to work out to give me a future and a hope. I don't have to understand. I don't have to know how my circumstances will look tomorrow. He is in charge.

It's so simple. God can handle this life we live. He speaks into our lives with certainty and truth. We can count on Him. We can depend on Him and on His word.

When we dangle in that moment between "Woman, you are freed" and "immediately she was made erect," we can be sure that the latter will follow the former. If He says it, He will do it.

There is no need for fear. We can trust the God we serve.

For what promise of God are you waiting? Take heart. If He promises, He will bring it to pass. 

"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6 NASB

Our Father, thank You that You are always with us, always helping us, always fulfilling Your promises. Help us to believe You, trust You, and wait for You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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