As I’ve been thinking through what to share with you during this season of waiting we are in, I have realized there is a great deal we can do when we feel like we can’t do anything. So often while we’re waiting we feel powerless, as though we are at the mercy of someone or something out of our control. While there may be things we can’t control, things we don’t know, that doesn’t mean there is nothing that can be done.
We have shared a number of them over this past week. One I want to share with you today is based on an old hymn. If you remember it, you probably remember it as one of the more upbeat hymns we got to sing back in the days before worship music had much of a beat to it. It was “Standing on the Promises.” The second verse goes like this:
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
When we don’t know what to do, we stand on what we know. We may not know which direction our next step is going to be. We may have to spin around a few times until we find the next step in the path. We won’t know until we get there. But when we don’t know, we stand on what we do know.
What are the promises of God you are sure of? How has God proven himself to be faithful to you in the past? When you’re in a time of waiting and you don’t know where to go next, don’t become fixated on the unknown. Don’t dwell in the land of uncertainty, spending all of your time and energy playing out a thousand different scenarios that are out of your control – a thousand of which may never happen.
Instead, stand on what you do know. What has God done in the past that you can celebrate today. If you don’t have anything knew, think back to something in the past. Before you know it, you will find your faith bolstered and strengthened. Because you will realize that as God has been faithful in the past, you know He will be faithful again today and tomorrow. Even if you don’t know anything you wish you knew, you can know this: God is always faithful. It is against His nature not to be. God cannot be unfaithful.
What are some of the promises of God you stand on?