Devotion #96

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:13-14 NASB

David was in a very difficult situation when he wrote this psalm, but despite what he could see right in front of him, despite the inevitable doom in his life, he was confident that he would see the goodness of our God. Confident. He didn’t just pray and hope he would see the goodness of the Lord, he doesn’t just think he might perhaps just possibly see the goodness of the Lord…NO, he is CONFIDENT that he WILL see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. He knew that before he left this earth, he would see things work out the way God intended. We can have that same confidence if we just hold on to the promise that we will see Him work in our lifetime. We know from Romans 8:28 that God works out all things for the good for those who love Him, we know the goodness of the Lord is for us. It will all work out the way He intended, and it will be for our good.

It takes real faith to believe the goodness of God’s character despite our hopeless circumstances. We may be trapped in our homes, we may be trapped in loveless marriages, we may be trapped in trials that seem too big for that kind of Hope, but if we can still have the confidence that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Right here, on earth, in the middle of our mess, He is working. Look, marriage is tough. Living together, day in and day out, with the same person, bumping your needs and wants up against theirs, can be challenging enough. But when you add to the additional stress of a stay at home order, fear of an uncertain future, or some other burden you are both carrying, it can feel downright defeating. It can make you want to give up. But God. His promises are made to us to give us hope and faith for the here and now. His promises are made for the most desperate of circumstances. We may not be able to see how He’s going to work it all out, but He does. He promises never to leave us or forsake us. He promises to be with us through the fire and the flood, He promises we will not be burned and we will not drown. He promises we will see His goodness right here on this earth. Reading His great promises should give us the courage we need to continue to fight the battle as long as we are living in this broken world.

Holding on to God’s promises is the closest we get to actually holding on to God. His promises come from a great God, they’re about great issues, they respond to our greatest concerns, and God always delivers on them in the greatest of ways. Hold on to your spouse by holding on to His promises, and you will find the courage to persevere. You’re not going to have to wait until heaven—you’re going to see God’s goodness right here on this earth while you’re still alive. He promises.

Press on ~ you are loved 💗

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