Thursday November 23 2017

MCC Pulse – 21/11/17

Feed on Gospel Promises

 

When we fear tomorrow may be more difficult than today — when we feel like butter scraped over too much bread — God wants us to feed upon his promises.

 

Feed your soul on the promise that if God clothes the lilies and feeds the birds, he will certainly care for his children (Matthew 6:25–33).

 

Feed on the promise that his grace is sufficient and his power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

 

Feed on the promise that God is working all things for our good (Romans 8:28).

 

Feed on the promise that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that those who believe in him can have eternal life (John 3:16).

 

And if tomorrow does indeed turn out more difficult than today, and the next day is so hard that it kills us, God has promised to raise his children to a life better and brighter than we could even imagine (Revelation 21:1–7).

 

Rock Beneath Us

These promises are ours because we have a Savior who conquered sin and death and evil. When Jesus, the True Israelite, felt the duress of forty days in the wilderness — alone, with no food, and assaulted by the tempter — his faith in his Father’s provision never wavered. Satan mocked him, targeting what he thought could be Jesus’s breaking point, saying, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” (Matthew 4:3). But in that moment, Jesus told the devil, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). Where Adam failed, the Second Adam did not.

 

Left to ourselves, we are always, only, ever a house of cards. Yet beneath our flimsy hope of self-sufficiency rests the rock-solid promise of a good and gracious God, always strong and sovereign. It sustains me when life is hard. And it can sustain you when you fear what’s ahead.