God’s promises are like a powerful shield that guards us from the slings and arrows of life. Make no mistake, life will throw its best blows at us. But God’s promises are our perfect protection — whether from sin, the temptations of Satan, or even death itself.
God’s promises are our rest. We can lie in them when we feel exhausted.
God’s promises are our rescue. We can look to them when we feel lost.
God’s promises are our medicine. We can find healing in them when we feel broken.
God’s promises are our power. We can find strength in them when we feel weak.
God’s promises are our vindication. We can find justice in them when we feel wronged.
God’s promises are our guidance. We can find direction and purpose in them when we feel life has lost its meaning.
And the Israelites were all of these when they were exiled in Babylon. They were exhausted, lost, broken, weak, wronged and felt life had lost its meaning. So God sent Ezekiel to them to remind them of his promises.
According to Ezekiel, the Israelites would find everything their souls were missing in the promises of their gracious God.
And so will we!
“I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice” (Ezekiel 34:15-16, NIV).
Our Bible reading for Wednesday, November 18, is Ezekiel 33:21 – 35:15, James 2:1-26 and Psalm 128:1-6.
Lord, your promises are wonderful. Help me to always remember how important and helpful they are. They are my perfect protection. I want to look to your promises for everything my soul needs in life.
Header image based on "Museum of London - London before London - Bronze shield" by Elliott Brown, CC By 2.0