Journal Entry ~ 01/07/19

13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! 
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!  - Psalm 27:13-14

David was in a very difficult situation when he wrote this psalm, but despite what he could see right in front of him, despite the inevitable doom in his life, he was confident that he would see the goodness of our God. Confident. He didn't just pray and hope he would see the goodness of the Lord, he doesn’t just think he might perhaps just possibly see the goodness of the Lord…NO, he is CONFIDENT that he WILL see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. He knew that before he left this earth, he would see things work out the way God intended. And since we know from Romans 8:28 that God works out all things for the good for those who love Him, we know the goodness of the Lord is for us. It will all work out the way He intended, and it will be for our good. 

That takes real faith - to believe the goodness of God’s character despite hopeless circumstances.  His promises are made to us to give us hope and faith for the here and now. 
Reading His great promises should give us the courage we need to continue to fight the battle as long as we are living in this broken world. 

Holding on to God’s promises is the closest we get to actually holding on to God. His promises come from a great God, they’re about great issues, they respond to our greatest concerns, and God always delivers on them in the greatest of ways.  I always find such encouragement to persevere when I hold on to this verse. I’m not going to have to wait until heaven—I’m going to see God’s goodness right here on this earth while I’m still alive. He promises. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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