The Promise in WHO HE IS


Not only do we have the promise of eternal life but we also have “exceedingly great and precious promises” by which to live out our daily lives.   Today’s post is about placing our trust in the promise of WHO GOD IS, rather than in what He will do. (scroll back to read about the past two promises)

My life story is filled with outcomes that are decidedly different from what I have thought should happen and what I have pleaded with God to make happen.

In hindsight, I thank God for “unanswered prayers” – that He knows better than me how to run my life.

I shudder to think how different my life would be if He had said YES to some very significant requests.  For one, my husband and I would be living in Bend, Oregon in our “dream home” and we would have missed out on all of our blessings here in Austin, Texas.  Instead God blocked a “done deal” from taking place even though we did everything in our might to push it through. The plans we had at the time seemed so right – so perfect – but in hindsight, had they gone through, our lives would be on an entirely different course and our family would not be doing ministry and life together here in the heart of Texas.

A NO in one direction always means a YES in another course.  Losing a job means God is taking you down another path.  Losing an opportunity in one place means God is taking you elsewhere for His blessings. “For all the promises of God in Him are YES, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

I can’t predict what God will do.  In fact how many times in your life has He done something entirely unpredictable and surprised you with something far different than you expected!

I can however place my trust in WHO HE IS – that he is wholly trustworthy, wholly sovereign and wholly loving and He desires my good.

As a result I’m learning not to ask God “Why”.

Instead I  ask, “What is this for?”

I have quit begging God to do what I think He should do.  My prayers as a result flow more freely and sweetly with each day an opportunity to thank God for His unpredictable and higher ways.  I am learning to lean on him rather than my own understanding and it makes each day a joyful anticipation of what He will do.    I may not always understand what He is up to but I don’t have to understand to trust Him.  In fact, we are not commanded to understand.

We are told instead to (by the words of the songwriter)  “trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.”

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  1. Thanks for this reminder, Ellen. I am so thankful for every one of my unanswered prayers. Why am I astounded that my God knows what is best for me? He has blessed me in ways I could not even imagine or know to pray for!

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  2. “I shudder to think how different my life would be if He had said YES to some very significant requests . . . A NO in one direction always means a YES in another course.”

    Wow! This is such a good reminder. TODAY, IF WE SPEND 5 MINUTES THINKING OF GOD’S SOVEREIGN FAITHFULNESS IN THE PAST, WE WOULD BE FREED FROM 5 HOURS OF WORRY AND GRIEF.

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