Standing On the PromisesEven for christians it can be easy to lose hope.
We all have hard times, seemingly hopeless times, or just boring times.
That's why we can allways look to God's promises in Scripture.
In faith, we trust that God will honor those promises, and we can find hope in that.
How do you find God's promises?
Firstof all, you don't simply flop open the Bible, look at whatever page it flops to, and claim as your own the first promise you come to.
You don't put the promises on slips of paper, toss them into a hat, stick your hand into it, pull one out and say, 'that's mine!'.
Not all promises apply to everyone or to every situation.
It takes prayerful discernment to find out what promises were meant for us to take to heart for right now.
So how do God's promises work?
For example : Abraham was promised that his offspring would be a great nation through whom the whole world would be blessed. Every Jew, Christian and Muslim is in some way a part of or a result of that promise. BUT it is NOT a promise to YOU and YOUR offspring the same way it was a promise to Abraham. It was a promise made to a specific person in a specific situation, not a "open for all" promise.
The prophet Isaiah gives us a promise about what God says:
"The grass withers and the flowers fall,but the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:8)
Do you see the difference between the two promises made?
Bible promises are words from God, sent to give comfort to those who seek to live as God leads them to live. They weren't given an expiration date, nor are they just for the pious few.