I remember singing that old hymn standing on the promises. Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God my savior.
Standing on the promises I cannot fail, listening every moment to the Spirit’s call, resting on my savior as my all in all.
But singing a memorized song on Sunday as a struggling young Christian going through a tough time, I could have used a little more detail.
God doesn’t promise a life without hardships and tough times, as we all know. But what exactly does He promise?
I would like to start with three. The first one is Protection. John 10:28 says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”
Psalm 138:7, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against my foes, with your right hand you save me.”
These scriptures tell us that while we have trouble and enemies, we will be protected.
I can remember back in my rebellious teen and young adult years taking chances I would never take now. There were more times than I’d like to admit that God’s protection covered me when I could have been hurt or killed because of my poor decisions.
I have always understood that I had a purpose because I felt God’s presence of protection even when I was disobedient. I didn’t deserve His mercy, and I still had to pay for the circumstances of my decisions, but my life was spared.
Position is the next promise I’d like to discuss. Ephesians 1:11, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the council of His will.”
This promise is not due to anything we have or could ever do to earn it, but because of the unchanging nature of Christ. He gives us acceptance, He accepts us into His family and even gives us His inheritance.
We may tend to blow this off as churchy taboo language, but this is what I have found out about God’s inheritance package. Because all things belong to God, He can disperse what I need to me as He sees fit.
Because I have access to Jesus, I have access to everything I need to be successful in this life as long as I am in alignment with His will. That brings me to the third promise, Purpose.
Romans 8:29 says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
We who have been accepted into His family have a purpose. Jesus started the mission over 2,000 years ago and we are here today to carry it forward and eventually finish it.
We should take that purpose very seriously but we get sidetracked and caught up in the world. This is Satan’s plan and so far he has done a good job at keeping our attention on things of this world that don’t matter.
If you have a deep-rooted desire or dream you must realize that was given to you from God, and you were meant to achieve your dreams to expand the kingdom of God.
It may not make sense to you how, but God’s plan is not flawed. If you are not living with joy and peace surrounding your job or life, there is something out of alignment with your purpose.
I have spent years of my life in misery because I wasn’t living up to my purpose, and while I believe that purpose is always growing and expanding as I achieve one level after another, the point is to start.
I had many obstacles to overcome and it took way longer than I would have hoped, but it was up to me to do the work and develop the trust.
After I finally took the step of faith to start, confidence and wisdom followed. He has been with me on my journey just as He will be with you.
I hope you can take these promises to heart and begin your journey to your purpose today!
(Rhonda Sexton is an author and inspirational speaker. She lives in Neosho with her husband and children. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-389-1222.)