When Nancy and I went to Assessment & Orientation, we took with us a promise from Psalm 32:8: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” We had actually come across the verse in our daily Bible readings a week prior to assessment and began praying that God would do this for us.
Throughout assessment week, we reminded each other that God was using our assessors to reveal His will to us regarding Prague, instructing and teaching us in the way we should go. The week had its ups and downs for sure, but we experienced a wonderful calm knowing that our Father’s eye was upon us and that He was working out His will for our lives.
I used to think more generally regarding God’s promises, not taking specific promises for specific circumstances and asking God to work that promise out in my life and taking Him at His word. It was as if I thought the promises would fall out of the sky and land on me simply because I read them. I think teaching Sunday School over the years has helped me to be more intentional. Week by week we teach the children that God always keeps His word. I need to hear that over and over again myself because I am like a forgetful child who is easily distracted by anxious thoughts and another child’s toys.
In the book of Joshua, there’s a great verse about God’s faithfulness in keeping His promises. “Not a word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” (Joshua 21:45)
Please pray for us, that we will live on God’s promises, always having them ready for whatever comes our way.
Three things are called precious in the Scripture: the blood of Christ is called “precious blood,” 1 Peter 1:19; and faith is called “precious faith,” 2 Peter 1:1; and the promises are called “precious promises,” 2 Peter 1:4. [Thomas Boston]