Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

Ask for Promises

There have been moments and seasons where I have felt overwhelmed by my circumstances. I easily get lost in the fog of my doubts and fears. It’s tough to live as citizens of Heaven on Earth. We live in this tension of now but not yet. We have access to the hope and peace the Holy Spirit provides us daily and yet life can still feel like an uphill climb. I’ve had many of these moments in the last few years. But the Lord has taught me a lot about His faithfulness through asking for His promises.

In times where I had to grit my teeth and dig my heels in deep, I found incredible comfort and courage when I remembered the promises He made to me. Feeling the weight of my trials while also fully confident God would come through on His promises gave me strength to persevere. His promises are powerful because they’re rooted in His faithfulness. God would never give a promise He wouldn’t fulfill.

Verse 19 from Numbers 23 is a great reminder:

“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”

Isaiah 55:8-9,11 speaks more truth too.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (vs. 8-9).

“so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (vs. 11).

God is a good Father. He loves us and only wants the best, His best, for us! We can’t avoid hardships (John 16:33) but we can look to the future in bold courage knowing God will always accomplish what He says. Take heart in this. If you’re in a difficult season or circumstance, ask God to give you a promise amidst your pain. His promises are rooted in truth and love. Watch in amazement as He fulfills every word He speaks.


-Ashleigh Barry