Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me to glory. (Psalm 73:23-24)
We live in a world of broken promises.
One day people who said they would love you forever, don’t. People who said they would never leave you, do. Children are unwanted, spouses are unfaithful, and commitments go unfulfilled.
But God is not like that.
God promises His children that He will never abandon us. He assures us that He will always be with us. It may seem sometimes that we can’t see Him there, but He is, because He is always faithful to His promises.
So, whatever situation you find yourself in to day, take heart in the hope of this truth: God will never let go of you.
THE VOICE THAT SHAKES THE EARTH IS THE ONE THAT CALMS YOUR HEART
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
In many places throughout Scripture we see that God’s voice is great and terrible. It is full of mighty power and intensity, so much so that when the people of Israel heard it at Mount Sinai, they said to their leader Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” (Exodus 20:19)
But Jesus changes everything.
When Jesus spoke, His words were like fresh water for thirsty souls. When Jesus spoke, He called out to the lost and the broken, offering healing and salvation and peace. When Jesus spoke, He said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,” and, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:11, 27-28)
He wants to speak to you today, too.
The voice of the Lord is still great and powerful, but because of the finished work of Jesus, it has a special message of peace for all who are in Christ. Draw near to Him, and don’t be afraid. Listen for the voice of God today, and you’ll be filled with peace as you discover this truth: the voice that shakes the earth is the one that calms your heart.
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“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)
Revelation is a book of powerful truth cloaked in mysterious imagery. Some of its deepest treasures are revealed in a series of contrasts.
For instance, in chapter seven, the panicked reaction of God’s enemies when they see Jesus is “calling to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?’” (Revelation 7:16-17)
Then, after this picture of devastation on those outside of God’s family, the writer John gives us a description of a wonderfully different destiny for all who are in Christ.
After all of the chaos and upheaval of life in the end of days, this is the reward for God’s children. “For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
You see, if you are not in Christ, it doesn’t matter how good your life is now, because Jesus is a wrathful judge. But, if you are in Christ, then no matter how bad your life may seem here on earth, hang in there, because this is God’s promise to you.
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. (Psalm 145:14)
Nobody stands up straight all the time. Life in a broken world assures us that in every life there will come times when we find ourselves slipping in one way or another.
That’s when God loves to step in to help His children!
When you find yourself slipping into sinful actions or attitudes, God wants to lift you out if you’re willing. When you find yourself slipping into despondency or despair, God wants to lift you out if you let Him.
You don’t have to figure it all out on your own. If you’re in Christ, you can be lifted up by this truth.
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. (Psalm 119:49-50)
When hard times come, where can you find hope to carry you through? Where can you turn for encouragement?
You can turn to the promises of God.
When God gives you a word, it will surely come to pass. When He makes a commitment, He will always, always keep it. When He tells you in Scripture that He will never leave you nor forsake you, He will always be true to that promise.
God remembers His word to you. Now, you remember it, too, and take heart in this truth.