“Let the promises of God shine on your problems.” -Corrie Ten Boom
Whether you are a lighthouse aficionado like me, have read my previous devotions, or just have a general knowledge of lighthouses, you know that they were built to help guide vessels at sea and warn them against treacherous reefs or sandbanks. You probably also know that due to the advancements in maritime technology most lighthouses around the world are decommissioned and are either rotting away or have been restored for historical purposes. Very few are actually active and functioning as originally intended. Nevertheless, they have all stood as promising sentinels of the sea saving thousands of lives.
Pictured above is the Point of Ayr Lighthouse, also known as the Talacre Lighthouse. Built in 1776, it is located in the north coast of Wales. The original tower was destroyed by the sea in 1818, but two years later a sturdier one (above) was erected in its place. This tower was retired in 1884 and has slowly fallen into disrepair. Although the Talacre Light may no longer serve its original purpose, it still stands on a firm foundation as a testament to endurance, hope, and strength. Perhaps it too succumbed to the more sophisticated power of sonars and GPSes. But just looking at that beautiful rainbow above it reminds me that as lighthouses for God, no matter how many times or the reasons why we may have failed in keeping our promises to Him, we can truly trust and depend on all of His promises…
Regardless of the LGBT’s appropriation of the rainbow symbol, its original meaning and purpose can be traced back to roughly 4,400¹ years ago when it first appeared on earth after the great flood. God created the rainbow as a sign, a promise if you will, to remind Noah and generations to come that He would never again destroy all life with water.² I cannot imagine the fear that would have crept into Noah’s heart everytime it rained thereafter if God had never made that promise and sealed it with the bow. Likewise, if we had never become aware of God’s promises (in His word) to us and our family our souls would be prisoners of uncertainty, dread, and angst.
I am not sure about you, but as a recipient of God’s promises I can honestly, resoundingly, and unequivocally say that God is love, that He is merciful, gracious, just and, above all, faithful. These experiential truths simply blow my mind, but nothing overwhelms my heart more than knowing that even…
The Bible is the ultimate source for practical and spiritual truths. In it are revealed over 5000 promises made by God. Promises that He has kept, is keeping and will keep simply because…
Each of God’s promises is a pledge (covenant) where God commits to doing something. Some of them are conditional while others are not. Yet none of them are frivolous or dependant on circumstances such as the ones we mortals often make. God’s promises are rock-solid, definitive, and totally dependable.
It is human nature to succumb to fear and doubt, especially if/when confronted with an unexpected challenge in life. However, as believers in Jesus Christ, we have the privilege to supernaturally experience the power of faith working in and through us. The same faith that brought us to repentance and into a right relationship with our heavenly Father is the same faith that should encourage us to believe and trust that He will do what He said He will do. For the Bible is clear in that…
If you have ever experienced despair even though you know and believe there is a God who cares for you, welcome to the club. Fortunately, this club has been equipped with an announcement service that regularly reminds its members that whatever God has pledged to do will indeed be realized. In fact, it is in operation this very moment as you read this devotion. So take heart and…
Steve Fuller, Senior Pastor of Grace Church in Abu Dhabi says he has discovered seven categories of God’s promises found in the Bible.³
HEART-SATISFACTION – God promises to satisfy you fully and forever in Jesus Christ.
FORGIVENESS – God promises to forgive you through faith in Christ so you can experience his heart-satisfying presence now and forever.
PERSEVERANCE – God promises to keep you strong in faith so you can experience his heart-satisfying presence forever.
REWARD – because of Christ, God mercifully promises to reward your undeserving faith with even more heart-satisfaction in him now and forever.
CIRCUMSTANCES — God promises to give you the perfect combination of blessings and trials so that as you trust him you will have the greatest heart-satisfaction in him.
NEEDS – through prayer God promises to provide for every need in the perfect time and amount to give you the greatest joy in him now and forever.
HEAVEN/ETERNITY — God promises to raise you from the dead so that forever you can join all the redeemed in the heart-satisfying joy of beholding God’s glory in Christ.
From Genesis to Revelations, God’s promises have been, are being, and will continue to be experienced by those who truly believe and trust in Him. It’s a matter of familiarizing oneself with these promises by reading, studying, and applying His word to our lives. No matter in what condition your lighthouse may be at this moment, rest assured that you are living in the light of His promises.
**At the bottom of this devotion, you will find a link to a wonderful book by renowned author Max Lucado filled with Scripture selections about God’s promises. I recommend the e-book so you can have it handy on your mobile device!**
Prayer: Faithful Father of Light, thank you for your unconditional love, mercy, and grace. But most of all, thank you for your faithfulness. Without it, I would not make it through each day. It is your faithfulness that guarantees my protection, sustenance, and most importantly, my eternal destiny. In spite of my circumstances, I rest assured in that you are a God who keeps his promises. Amen!
¹ The Date of Noah’s Flood
² Genesis 9:11-17
³ What Are The Promises of God by Steve Fuller
God’s Promises For You by Max Lucado
ALL SCRIPTURE IS QUOTED FROM THE NIV EXCEPT WHERE SPECIFIED