As I’m sure many of you already know, I am doing a series on the promises of God. I’m excited about this series because the promises of God empower our present and propel us into our future!
I was reading out of Psalm 106 the other day and God gave me a word to share with you all. I truly believe what I am about to share with you is really going to change your perspective so hang with me!
Psalm 106:7-12 says this – “When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as though a desert. He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the emery he redeemed them. The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived. THEN, the believed his promises and sang his praise.”
This passage is talking about the famous story in Exodus when God delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians out of slavery and brought them to the promise land. But, when I read this passage, I was thinking about what the Egyptians had been delivered from. These people were in captivity for 430 years and were forced do do manual labor, pay significantly higher taxes and did not know what freedom looked like or even meant. Oppression was all they knew. Psalm 106:12 says that when God delivered them, THEN they believed His promises.
Hear me out on this one. Although many of us cannot relate to physical slavery, we can relate to internal slavery and bondage. Depression, anxiety, addiction, toxic relationships, you name it, we all know some form of bondage in our lives. I do know that when bondage is all you know, it is extremely difficult to imagine a life beyond the struggle. The promises of God are truly extraordinary, but I do believe there can be a disconnect between what He says and our present circumstances. What closes the gap is our faith, allowing God to come in and do the supernatural.
But, I love this, God delivered the Israelites from their enemies and THEN, they believed in His promises.
My question to you today is this – What do you need to be delivered from in order for you to believe in God’s promises for your life? Maybe it’s a struggle that you just can’t see your way out of or maybe you’ve been bound by darkness most of your life and it feels impossible to imagine a life beyond what you know.
Listen to me, Jesus saves His people and rescues them – over and over and over again. All throughout Scripture, He performs miracles. Ask Him to deliver you so that you will receive and believe His promises for your life! He has so much more in store for you, far beyond your wildest imagination!