How are you? Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
On December 17th, 2021, I read a few verses from Psalms 119. While I read the verse 38, “Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared,” I said as my prayer, “Father, please confirm Your promise to me that You may be feared.” I did wonder in my heart how He would answer my prayer. I think it was a couple hours later in that morning. My eyes were on the Scripture calendar standing on the table in front of the sofa. I bought it for mom last year. I also tried to read it daily, but sometimes I forgot to flip over the calendar for the day. Then, when I saw the calendar on that day, I flipped over one page to find the Scripture for December 17th. To my utter amazement, it said,
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)”
And there was a comment under the Scripture that God is a Promise-Keeper. I was in awe and grateful for His answering my prayer. Later in the day, I watched Shekinah Worship Center’s Thursday meeting and sang along the worship songs and felt amazed, as I kept hearing the lyrics that God is a Promise-Keeper.
A few days after, in December 20th morning, I said to my mom that I would be back soon, after throwing away our wastes. I took a few waste bags to the basement floor where the wastes of the residents in the building are collected. After that, I stopped by the lobby floor for an errand. I didn’t talk about it to mom, as I thought it would not take long. While I was running an errand, I heard an elevator behind me open and heard a familiar voice. Turning back, I saw my mom come out of the elevator, holding the arm of a security guard. I was surprised and asked him what happened. He said he was on patrol on our floor and saw her on the corridor unable to go into our place without a key. And he brought her to the lobby, not knowing I was there. I was so surprised when I unexpectedly saw her there, in her pajamas and indoor sleepers. Yet, I couldn’t thank God enough, as I felt He indeed watches over my mom. He sent the security guard just at the right time to our floor to find her and bring her to my presence. It really assured me that He won’t sleep nor slumber, but watches over us, no matter what happens. I was thankful for His faithfulness.
I do not know what you went through for the past few years. Sometimes you may feel that you are forgotten. But I would like to encourage you today to hold on to the Promise you received from God. It might be the Scriptures, dreams, visions, prophecy or still small voice in your heart. This would be personal between the Lord and you and you know it’s from Him, as His sheep hear His voice. Looking back at some dreams and visions I had, I realized that not all of them would come to pass anytime soon. Just like Abraham, Joseph, David and many others in the Bible, we might receive His promises well before we see them come true. And I learned we need both faith and patience.
Recently, I was not able to recall anything after I had a dream. Yet one thing I recalled was the song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I don’t remember whether I sang the song or heard someone sing it, but it was clearly in my mind. I felt the Lord repeating His messages to me that He is a Promise-Keeper.
And after I wrote the draft of this blog, I listened to Pastor David Guzik’s podcast sermon on 1 Samuel chapter 1. Interestingly enough, he mentioned the verses 17~18 and his insight enlightened me:
Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”
And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. (1 Samuel 1:17~18)
Pastor David said that Hannah, the barren woman took Eli’s word and believed it would come true and her face was no longer sad, even before she became pregnant and became the mother of Samuel. She trusted the Lord and His promise.
Friend, I would like to encourage us to hold on to what He spoke or showed to us. Unlike men, He doesn’t tell a lie but keeps His promise. We believe His power and trust His faithfulness.
Have a bliss!
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)