Hold on to His Promise
It’s easy to forget God’s promises when you’re walking through a hard season. It’s like you know what God’s word says about your situation, but when you’re facing it, those promises are really difficult to hold on to, most times. This is especially true when it seems as though the hard thing that you are walking through is not getting easier, but even more difficult. What do you do when you find yourself in this place? How do you cope with the difficulty that a hard season brings? What do you do when it’s proving a challenge to hold on to God’s word? These are the questions I have been pondering for the past few weeks. As I thought about them again tonight, I felt God speak to my heart: hold on to My promises. This is the answer to every question I had been pondering for weeks. I realized that we must choose to hold on to God’s promises in the midst of difficulty. We must choose to cling to them and believe them no matter what our situation looks like.
When the waters are raging around you, and what you see looks nothing like what God promises, you must choose to believe what God said. You must choose to hold on to His promises. The thing is, this is much easier said than done. I can tell you this because I am living it out in real time. Right now, I am walking through a season that is challenging. I find myself drifting between hope and despair. Joy and sorrow. Strength and weakness. Mourning and dancing. Most days, I find myself pouring out my heart to God, asking Him why it seems as though He is silent while I am walking through such a difficult time. I’m sure many of you know and understand this feeling deeply. It’s hard to choose to believe God’s promises when you’re experiencing pain. It’s hard to choose to believe God’s promises when you’re experiencing deep despair and heartache. It’s hard to choose to believe God’s promises when you’ve been praying for Him to intervene, yet He hasn’t. This is the reality of life most times. However, what I am slowly learning is that when God says we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), He means it. We must choose to have faith in His promises, even when we cannot see what is up ahead. We must make the decision to believe that what God says is true, even when what we see looks nothing like what He said. In the midst of this challenging season, God is maturing me. This hard thing that I am experiencing is allowing me to grow deep roots in Him. It is allowing me to develop intimacy with Him. It is teaching me more about His character. It is revealing whether or not I truly trust in Him. It is teaching me to trust Him more. This season is difficult, yes, but it is accomplishing more in me than I could have ever imagined. It is making me steadfast, teaching me to hold on to God’s word no matter what.
If you’re walking through a tough season right now and it’s difficult to see past your situation, I encourage you to hold on to God’s promises. Believe them, no matter how the situation looks right now. I know how you feel. I understand how hard it is for you right now. Trust me, I do. But, let’s choose to believe in our God. Let’s choose to cling to His promises with desperation. In the face of your giant, choose to hold on to the word of God. Choose to believe what He said. He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).
Hold on to His promise.