By Nancy Virden (c)2021
Yes, we can have certainty in uncertain times. We can be conquerors in the middle of life’s struggles. Despite hurricanes, rumors of war, wildfires, crime, and political upheavals, we can have peace, joy, and hope. God offers them!
Since myriads of false teachers are misquoting and adding to what God said, why not go to the source and get it right? “For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.” (Psalm 33:4)
God’s good promises often come with equally good conditions
The conditions of God’s promises are the kind that bless you. How would you like it if your employer said, “Hey, you can have a raise, but you have to accept this $1000 bonus first.” Sweet, huh? God’s conditions are like that because it is when we are in his will that we experience the joy we never thought we could know.
Promise: REST, PEACE. Condition: Live (remain) in the shelter of the Most High God.
Because of God, we do not have to fear: traps and plotters; dread; attacks, perhaps random and many; the virus we cannot see; or sudden destruction that comes when we do not expect it. Living in the shelter means having a relationship with God through Christ. All this is in Psalm 91 .
Promise: JOY, FORGIVENESS. Condition: Live in complete honesty, confess sin, obey God.
When we are honest with God and ask forgiveness, we will not suffer condemnation by him. At this we can be glad and full of joy! He helps us to keep our hearts pure and live in his will. This is found in Psalm 32 .
Promise: WATCHED OVER BY GOD, HOPE Condition: Recognize and acknowledge his authority, and rely on his unfailing love.
The Lord watches over those who “fear” him – that is, understand and fully recognize his authority. Imagine a child with a perfect dad. That child would want to please him, yes? Not only does the child realize dad has the final say, but also knows that stepping out from under dad’s rules means a loss of protection. That is because dad’s rules are there to keep the child safe. In the same way, we want our perfect heavenly Father’s protection and so we listen to what he says is right for us. Meanwhile, we can rely on his perfect unfailing love. Perfect human fathers do not exist, but God does. His love is exactly what we need. This is explained in Psalm 33.
Promise: NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH AFTER THIS ONE IS DESTROYED; AN ETERNAL WORLD FILLED WITH GOD’S GOODNESS Condition: Staying in the truth Jesus taught; being on guard and not carried away by lies and meaningless musings of people who reject God.
This earth is passing away. Instead of panic, our eyes can be on the new heaven and earth God has foretold. Keeping in mind that he always intended to spend eternity with us, is it not conforting to know that will happen one day? We who stay in the truth of Christ’s gospel as expressed in the Holy Bible, have no need to fear death. This is stated in 2 Peter 3.
Why this post
Popularity, while nice, is often based on telling people what they want to hear. What matters most is that I tell you about your eternal options. Mental health challenges are real; Jesus said we will have trouble. Nonetheless, we, his disciples, are not alone. He also said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” -COMMENTS WELCOME
Today’s Helpful Word
Psalm 33: 20-22
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
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