Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
A few weeks ago I felt Holy Spirit prompting me to focus on the promises God gives us in the Scripture.
He recalled Deuteronomy 6:4-9 to my mind:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
I felt Jesus calling me to read and remember His promises, to really focus on them every day, to make sure that I had them in the forefront of my mind. So I did!
I went on Pinterest and found 15 Bible verses about promises. I printed them out, cut them out into individual papers, and clipped them together. I put them in my car face down so that I only see one promise a day. For 15 days I focused on one promise in Scripture per day. Whatever verse the promise was that day I would read the entire passage as my devotional reading. I took time to pause and really dwell on the promises God has given me in the Bible.
As each day passed I felt my trust in His faithfulness continue to strengthen and grow. I began to see how my worries and frustrations weren’t as big when standing next to the love of my Jesus.
Here are some of the verses I focused on:
“I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 31:14
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” – 1 Peter 5:10
“Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” – Isaiah 49:13
“Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the Lord. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God.
– Isaiah 66:9
God gives us these promises as an anchor or hope—a hope that will not disappoint because that hope is Jesus. Focusing on His promises helps me to recenter my trust in His faithfulness and not my own efforts. It brings peace to my heart and mind to remember that His word never returns void (Isaiah 55:11).