God Keeps His Promises

During my sabbatical, I have invited Manuela Schwab, who is a regular part of HCC and serves on our HCC Council, to write this week’s HCC Blog.

When I first became a student of the Bible, I was in my early 30s. Reading Proverbs, I came across Proverbs 3:5-6, and the words immediately and powerfully spoke to me. To this day, these two verses still do. In

“The Message” translation, the text reads: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart;   don’t try to figure out everything yourself. Instead, listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;   he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

Until I became a follower of Christ, I had been trying to figure things out on my own. And many times, I realized how deficient that was because I simply couldn’t figure everything out on my own! As a result, I felt off track many times in my life. It was exhausting.

When looking at the structure of this Proverb, I could identify a promise (God will keep me on track) preceded by three commands (to trust Him from the bottom of my heart to not try to figure everything out on my own and to listen for God’s voice in everything I do).

Admittedly, following these three commands is still a challenge for me, but through and by God’s grace, I try, and I have seen His promise to keep me on track fulfilled in many ways since I have become of follower of Jesus.

Contrary to me, God always keeps His promises. Indeed, God is more trustworthy than I can possibly be to me.

How encouraging is it to know our Heavenly Father longs for us to have a close relationship with Him in which we can trust Him from the bottom of our hearts? And, we can be confident that God is with us everywhere we go because He tells us to listen to His voice in all we do. If He wasn’t always with us, we couldn’t listen for His voice. That’s assurance only God can provide.