PRECIOUS PROMISES FOR YOUR JOURNEY
Isaiah 41:8-10 (NKJV)
8 “But you, Israel, are My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
The descendants of Abraham My friend.
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,
‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Ill. The Context. God is confronting the heathen for their idolatry, but is comforting Israel concerning their relationship with Himself. In these 3 verses, God gives us, His children, some reasons to be encouraged. Some may say, “I don’t have anything to be happy about, it just seems that everything is against me.” Thank God, even when we forget His promises, He still remembers.
(Ill. An old man, who was dying, couldn’t remember God’s promises, but was reminded that God never forgets.)
In these verses, God gives you, His children, some precious promises for your journey.
The question may come to mind, “Why does God promises us anything? After all, it is us who ought to be promising Him things.” Well, it doesn’t work like that. When we get saved, we begin to live under the economy of grace. From a human standpoint nothing God does makes very much sense, (Ill. Some things He does – His Ways are always higher than ours)
Why does He do this? Notice verses 8-9, He picked us, we did not choose Him. Therefore, He will do everything to see that we are looked after in our journey.
With this in mind, notice these precious promises that God has given you and me as believers in Jesus Christ for your journey.
I. THE PROMISE OF HIS PRESENCE
A. His Presence Is Powerful – His presence has the power to drive away fear – 2 Tim. 1:7.
B. His Presence Is Personal – Matt. 28:20. (Ill. Not an angel, but the Lord Himself – John 6:20 – the “! AM.”) Ill. New Chinese believer named Lo who found Matt. 28:20 and took it personally.
C. His Presence Is Perpetual – Heb. 13:5 – Ill. Where life can lead, still never alone! Hallelujah!
II. THE PROMISE OF HIS PERSON
A. There Is A Relationship – (Thy) This is personal. (Ill. I need to know what He can do for me.)
B. There Is A Realization – He is GOD! He can do anything! (Ill. Eph. 3:20; Job 42:2; Luke 1:37; Psa. 115:3**)
C. There Is A Reality – (Ill. “Dismayed” – To look anxiously about.) If God is my God, and He is an able God, then why do we need to fear, fret or faint? My God is on the throne! (Ill. His mighty deeds. He hasn’t changed! – Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8) (Ill. We need to remember just WHO He is!)
III. THE PROMISE OF HIS POWER
(God’s promise here is three-fold. Ill. Yea = “Surely” There are three aspects of His power that we can count on.)
A. He Will Strengthen Us – He will give us the power to see every duty and every day to it’s conclusion. There will be grace and strength for every need – 2 Cor. 12:9; Isa. 40:13.
B. He Will Support Us – He will give us what we need, when we need it, in the exact proportions that we require it – Phil. 4:19. (Ill. Psalm 23:1-6 – The statement of verse 1 is explained.)
C. He Will Sustain Us – God will keep us and get us safely through the journey until we all reach Heaven, Ill. Verses. 9, 17. God did not save us to abandon us along the way – 1 Pet. 1:5, (Ill. Present, Passive, Participle) (Ill. The Egyptian in 1 Sam. 30:11-13 – God doesn’t operate like that! Ill. Phil. 1:6; 1 Thes. 5:23) Ill. That’s my kind of guarantee!
I praise the Lord for His promises! Don’t you? However, let’s be honest, we do not all live like we believe these things, do we? Tonight might be a good night for you to come before the Lord and thank Him for His perfect Word and the promises it contains. Just to thank Him for being faithful and dependable. Perhaps you need to come before the Lord Jesus Christ and get forgiveness for your lack of faith in Him and His promises.
Our journey may be long, or it might be short. Whatever the length of it, or whatever we may face, I am thankful that we can count on the Lord Jesus Christ and His promises during our journey.
Amen and Amen!