"I will bring back your health, and heal your wounds, says the Lord."
Jeremiah 30:17This verse was given to me by God several weeks ago just when I needed it the most and at that time I printed it off and taped it above my nightstand, on a kitchen cupboard and on the bathroom mirror. Yesterday, I began to doubt that it was really from God. Just for a moment, my belief began to falter and I took my eyes off the Lord.
This morning I woke at 5am from pain, and discouragement set it. I found myself heavy with sadness and doubt. There was that doubt again! Instead of doubting my doubts I was doubting God's promises. I came downstairs determined to "walk it out" ~this journey of healing, even though my heart was not totally into it. And then..........
I turned on the computer to check emails and there was a devotional from Joel Osteen entitleed, "Don't give up!" Joel wrote , "Are you believing God for something that is taking longer than you thought or expected? If you are praying according to His promises, no matter how long you may have been standing, don’t give up! Okay Lord, you have my attention! The verse used was in Galatians.
"So let's not get tired of doing what is good.
At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing
if we don't give up."
Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
Then I went to the email prayer group, The Knee Team, that I lead for Linny over at A Place Called Simplicity. A dear sweet Knee Team friend, K., had sent me a note of encouragement that brought tears to my eyes. She shared a verse that had spoken to her and I as I read it I felt God's love embrace me.
"Yet I am confident that I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
I watched Andrew Wommack on TV and heard him say, God's kind of love never gives up, never loses faith.......Once again I was comforted and encouraged to stand on God's Word and with perseverence, keep moving foward with my eyes on the Lord.
Friends, God loves us so much. Our Lord is faithful and He wants us to know we can rely on His promises. We can stand on the promises of God!!!
The title of this post was written five days ago before I began to write, as I had been humming the old hymn "Standing on the Promises of God" and decided to look up the hymn. I discovered that the composer, Russell Carter, was 30 years old when he was struck down with an illness affecting his heart. The doctors could do nothing more for him, so he turned to God for his healing making a committment to follow Christ whether he was healed or not. As time went by he would stand on God's promises for healing every day and eventually became well, going on to live another 49 years! He wrote this hymn as a result of that time in his life. The chorus speaks his testimony.
Standing on the promises of God my Savior
I'm standing on the promses of God!
We, too, can stand on the promises of God. Whatever comes your way, you can turn to His Word and find a promise to stand on. God, in His faithfulness, will be there for us. We are never alone and He gives us the strength to sing this chorus too......Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God!