When your life seems bleak and lonely, when your faith is just a distant memory, when your prayers feel hollow and half-hearted, remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Lord made a covenant, swore an oath and confirmed it with a decree, that he would give these men’s descendants the land of Canaan as their special possession. He made this commitment to a thousand generations. But although those men never saw the promised land settled by their descendants, they did know the Lord. They knew God and believed in his promises.
Psalms 105:7-15 NLT
7 He is the Lord our God.
His justice is seen throughout the land.
8 He always stands by his covenant—
the commitment he made to a thousand generations.
9 This is the covenant he made with Abraham
and the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:
11 “I will give you the land of Canaan
as your special possession.”
12 He said this when they were few in number,
a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.
13 They wandered from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another.
14 Yet he did not let anyone oppress them.
He warned kings on their behalf:
15 “Do not touch my chosen people,
and do not hurt my prophets.”
When you feel tired of it all because nothing is going your way and all your worries are piled in a great mountain before you, or if you are feeling small and cut off in your life at the moment, you can take consolation in the knowledge that all of the Lords greatest prophets have been there before you (verses 12-15.) My goal is to hold on to the Lord’s promises. When I see no immediate improvement in my situation, I will try to remember the things the Lord has done in the past, both in my own life, and through his people’s whole history. My goal is to always remember to have faith even when it seems impossible.
Judges 21:1-25, Ruth 1:1-22, John 4:4-42, Psalms 105:1-15, Proverbs: 14:25