He does; Let’s “do”
“And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.”
This seemingly insignificant verse of scripture should be a great encouragement to us. There are hundreds like it throughout the scriptures; and every one of them is as much a miracle as the lame being made to walk, the blind to see or the dead being raised to life again.
This verse is one of those reassurances for us, from God Himself, that He will do exactly what He says He will do. God is as good as His word.
I learned many years ago that you can not depend 100% on men and their promises. The reason is that they have no idea what may transpire between the time that the promise is made and the fulfillment thereof. I am still just beginning to learn this and apply it to myself. I must be careful and so should you. Promises are like wishes. You have heard the old saying, “be careful what you wish for.” We should be careful what we promise. Whether wishes or promises, they very often do not turn out as we would like them too.
That is what makes little verses like this so special to me. I know through so many places in scripture that God will do just as He says.
He says, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”, and it should thrill our souls to think that God has made this promise. It is forever because He said NEVER!
Many times I have heard people complain that there is never a policeman around when you need one. But, you know, there always seems to be one around when I don’t want to get caught. God, however, is always around. He never leaves us or forsakes us. Our problem is that we become so comfortable and we get so accustomed to life that we grow cold on God and forget that He is there. And we find ourselves in trouble sometimes because we go where we ought not too or we do what we should not do: And we are caught.
By the same token; all of us know that we sometimes get so caught up in His blessings that we get cold. You can do that. There is an old American proverb about the hogs beneath the acorn tree, eating the acorns and making pigs of themselves without ever looking up to see where they come from. We do get to nosing around in the blessings and wander here and there grabbing this and that and never stop to say “Thank You.” Praise God that He has promised not to leave us nor forsake us even though we deserve to left or forsaken.
No wonder Paul tells us not to despise the chastening of God. We know that when we suffer chastisement, He is still there and He loves us.
He also said to His disciples, “I will not leave you comfortless.” We have His word that not only will He be there, but He will comfort us when we need it.
I know that we all have friends. We have people that we can talk too, that we can go to for advice or a listening ear. We need someone once in a while that is able to sympathize or empathize with us. Face it, once in a while we need pity, mercy, comfort. Our friends, however wonderful they may be may not be able to comfort us because they just don’t understand what we are feeling.
Jesus knew that His disciples were nearing the greatest heartbreak of their lives; His crucifixion, and He wants them to know that He is providing for them already. “I will not leave you comfortless.” He also wants us to know that He is always there: and He is always able to understand because He alone can see our hearts, and knows how important things are to us. (“…in me ye might have peace…”)
And He has promised that He will not leave us helpless. He will always have just what we need to get us through the next trial, pain, heartache, fear, you name it and it is covered. “My grace is sufficient for thee…”
Look with me at a very familiar passage of scripture…
1 <A Psalm of David.> The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Notice the presence of the Shepherd in every verse…
In verse number
1. we see provision
2. we see rest, hope, strength, peace, instruction
3. we see refreshment, chastisement, service (opportunity to)
4. comfort, confidence, protection
5. provision, blessing
6. eternity with all of these in His very presence
In the past year, some of us have come through some things that may have been tragic; terrible, fearful things, and God has brought us through them to where we are now. We have also been afforded many wonderful blessings along the way.
With another year ahead let’s remember to look up to the one from Whom all blessings flow. He always does exactly what He has promised. Let’s try and be more mindful of Him and more thankful to Him. Let’s try and live more faithfully than we have in the past.