The trouble we?re facing is overwhelming. This moment has left many mourning, others struggling and people navigating different emotions.
This is because the COVID-19 pandemic is not defined as we still need a vaccine and the news we?re getting seems to be inconsistent. All of this make for chaos around us and within us; therefore, for many what they?re standing on has been shaken or completely crumbled.
As a result, everything is changed.
For City, It?s now been over 10 weeks of doing church exclusively online and as it looks now, it will be a total of 12 weeks before we come back to the building. That?s three months or one quarter of the year. Man, 2020 has been crazy as non of us could of foreseen this. But here we are, the reopening process has begun and we now navigate the step by step plan of getting back to a normal feeling and way of life. All of this is a quagmire of unknowns, uncertainties and unsettling times.
However, through it all, God is greater!
So what now?
Everyone has a foundation they stand on. It could be a set of rules their grandma gave them, their education, their job, their family or more. This is because we instinctively know we need more than just us, to get through life.
This reality doesn?t necessarily mean people have a good foundation or the right foundation, it just speaks to the point that everyone is standing on something.
What are you standing on?
This answer determines so much in our lives, especially when we face Trouble. How we act, what we do, what we say and what we think is a result of what we are standing on, and when Trouble hits, all of it is revealed.
I?m sure many things have been revealed in you during this time, I know it has for me.
But no matter if we?re facing trouble or not, our lives can be rooted in the BIG promises of God. These are the desires of God for our lives meaning, they reveal what he wants to do and what he will do.
Did you know there are over seven thousand promises in the Bible for us to receive? Over and over again we can see the intent and heart of God for our lives. We don?t have to wonder, ?what does God want to do in me?? We know what we he wants to do when we know His promises.
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:20 –
?For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.?
His promises are affirmative for us; therefore, someone has to believe this to receive it.
When we face trouble, we can see the BIG Promises be true. Our part is to believe them, pray them and reach out to Jesus for them. We don?t have to daily wonder, ?what is your will God?? His promises reveal his will to us.
Here are a few examples of this truth.
Financial help – Philippians 4:19 ?My God shall supply all my needs, according to his riches and glory be Christ Jesus.?
Protection – Psalms 91:5-6 ?I will not be afraid of the terror by night nor the arrow that flies by day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.?
Peace – Isaiah 26:3 ?You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!?
Healing – 1 Peter 2:24 ?He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.?
Free from shame – Isaiah 54:4 ?Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don?t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood.?
From from Guilt – 2 Corinthians 5:17 ?Anyone who is in Christ, is a new person. The old things are gone and all things have become new.?
Our children – Psalms 102:28 ?The children of your people will live in security. Their children?s children will thrive in your presence.?
Decisions to make – Proverbs? ?3:5-6? ?Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.?
Overcoming fear – Psalms 34:4 ?I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.?
Facing trouble – Psalms 46:1 ?God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.?
Purpose and potential – Psalms 139:14 and 16 ?Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous?how well I know it.?
?You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.?
I don?t know about you, but these eleven promises speak to me right now. But here?s what amazing, all of his BIG promises speak to every situation, every trouble and everyday life.
There?s nothing that God hasn?t thought about and there?s nothing he hasn?t provided for!
Think about that statement! Wow!
Therefore, God has given to us everything we need to live this life and to serve him through his promises. It doesn?t matter if we?re facing good times or trouble like this COVID-19 virus, he is the same and his promises are true no matter what.
So today, there?s trouble all over the World, but there?s BIG Promises too! They are greater and stronger because it?s God?s character and will for you and for me.
So I encourage you, take one of these eleven promises or a different one and begin to pray it over you and your family daily. Put yourself in the verse and believe this is God?s will for you because God?s Word is God speaking to you.
So above all else, stand on the promises of God. Build your life on what God has said and who God is and watch how he will bless you through any circumstance.
On Christ, the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand!
Stand tall through the BIG Promises of God!
Love you and praying you,