You Always Keep Your Promises


"Then Moses said to the people, 'Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place." - Exodus 13:3

When Moses led the Israelites out of slavery, he had no idea what lay ahead for them. They didn’t know how long it would take to get to the Promise Land or the route they would travel to get there. They only knew something better was waiting for them at the end of the journey.

Can you identify? Perhaps you’ve been freed from an unfulfilling job, an unhealthy relationship or even an overwhelming addiction. You’re grateful to be free, but you’re scared to start over. The Israelites must have looked to the vast horizon and had these same thoughts. OK, God, You delivered us. Now what?

In our modern-day culture of instant gratification, we expect to be freed and then discover our happily-ever-after the following day. We fail to remember God values shaping our character above all else. He wants to give us the desires of our heart, but He wants to shape us into His likeness on the way there.

The good news is if God brings you out of something, He will be faithful to show you the next step. Even if we don’t know the full story and all the details in between, we must focus on where God is leading us. He promises to walk with us and never leave our side, even if His divine timetable is so different from our own.

God will do the same for us if we keep our eyes focused on Him in the midst of waiting, in the confusion of unanswered prayers and in moments of His seeming unresponsiveness. Despite our dreams, hopes and visions of what our future may hold, only God truly knows; and His plans are always best.

We may not see the full canvas, but we can rest in the promise that the Master Artist is painting something beautiful, and He has no intention of not completing what He started. Paul reminds us that our God is a finisher: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” - Philippians 1:6

The Lord, our God, is faithful to keep His promises.

Lord, You were faithful to the Israelites, and You will be faithful to me. Help me to know that You always keep Your promises. Amen.
Sep 18 2018