Hebrews 6:13-15 (NIV) 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants." 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
God's promises to us never fail. The problem for us is that when we do not see the fulfilment of His promises within what we perceive to be the proper time table, we fret and doubt. But, it is not our time table that matters, for God's plan for your life is perfect. Be patience and allow Him to see His plan for you through to fruition on His time table, and not your own. Abraham did that and it made all the difference in the world.
"I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me." John 10:14 (NIV)
Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand. Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
If we have faith in the Good Shepherd--Jesus Christ--our hope becomes real and gives us peace and joy that otherwise can never be attained.
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid." Hebrews 13:6 (NIV)
I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails;
I shall believe the hand which never fails,
From seeming evil worketh good to me.
And, though I weep because those sails are battered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered,
"I trust in thee." Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 NIV) Why can you rely upon God in this way?--because "the LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." (Nahum 1:7 NIV)
All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10 (NIV)
"The learned historians tell of councils and persecutions and religious wars, but in the midst of all the mummery were a few who saw the Eternal City in full view and managed almost to walk on earth as if they had already gone to heaven. These were the joyous ones who got little recognition from the world of institutionalized religion, and might have gone altogether unnoticed except for their singing.
Unsung but singing: this is the short and simple story of many today whose names are not known beyond the small circle of their own company. Their gifts are not many nor great, but their song is sweet and clear!"
A. W. Tozer
"Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me." Psalm 119:175 (NIV)
"Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer. He who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to ask for fresh gifts from above." Andrew Melville (1545-1622)
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. James 5:13 (NIV)
"You don't learn to praise in a day, especially since you may have been complaining for years! New habits take time to develop. But you can begin today, and practice tomorrow, and the next day, until it becomes part of you." Erwin W. Lutzer
Psalm 106:47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your Holy Name and glory in Your praise. (NIV)
"Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life... let your joyful heart praise and magnify so good and glorious a Creator." William Law (1686-1761)
Psalm 103:1-5 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. (NASB)
"A sacrifice of praise will always cost you something. It will be a difficult thing to do. It requires trading in our pride, our anger, and most valued of all, our human logic. We will be compelled to voice our words of praise firmly and precisely, even as our logic screams that God has no idea what he's doing. Most of the verses written about praise in God's Word were penned by men and women who faced crushing heartaches, injustice, treachery, slander, and scores of other intolerable situations."
Joni Eareckson Tada
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 (NLT2)