“I’m standing on the Promises that cannot fail.”
Have you ever sung that old hymn? I haven’t heard it for a long time, but I remember singing it with gusto.
“Standing, standing – Standing on the promises of God my Savior! Standing, standing…….I’m standing on the promises of God!”
I’ve also heard people ‘claim’ God’s promises in the Bible. They ‘claim’ a promise for themselves.
But what happens when we claim God’s promises from the Bible; we stand on them, trust in them and the promises fail?
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10
What if we faithfully tithe and give offerings and yet are left short of funds to pay the rent or mortgage payment when it is due? Has God failed the promise he has given above? Has He failed the test?
When you claim promises of healing and your loved one suffers and dies, what then?
To answer these hard questions, we need to look at our reasons for trusting those promises. Why do you trust God’s promises?
Do you trust in them because you want them to be true? Do you trust in them because you’ve seen God come through on his promises in the past? Do you trust in them because you believe that is what having faith is all about? Do you trust in them because you are afraid not too? Why would you trust in God’s promises?
Think of it this way – why would you trust the word of any person? (After all, God is a person, a divine person, but a person nevertheless.)
Sometimes we trust people because we’ve been given no reason not to. Other times, we trust people because they’ve earned our trust; we have found them to have a trustworthy character. We also usually trust people if we believe they genuinely care about us.
You see, the REASON for trusting in God’s promises needs to be based upon the fact that we trust his character and we trust that he truly does care for us. If we truly trust in his character and his promise seems to have failed, then we can immediately assume that the fault lies not with him, but with our understanding or expectation of the promise.
Job said of God,”Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him.”
The word ‘God’, at its base means ‘good.’ If we cannot trust the character of Him who is the very essence of goodness, truly, we are without hope. I will put my trust – not in His promises alone – but in the goodness of his character and my trust in his love for me, regardless of the circumstances.
If you trust God, why do you trust him?
If you don’t trust God, why not?