January 16, 2017: The True Promise Keeper

Morning: Genesis 34-36; Romans 5:1-5; Evening: Psalm 12

There are times in your life when you will feel greatly disappointed by those around you. Usually these feelings will arise when someone you assume to be trustworthy does you or someone else very severe harm. David experienced this more times in his life than any one of us will probably ever experience, having been betrayed by a king, a counselor, and even his own son on one occasion. This too could happen to you through a boss, teacher, even parent, or maybe someone close to you like a friend, church member, a sibling or other close family member.

It is in times like this that you must echo the words of the prophet Micah and say, “I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me” (Micah 7:7). David filled God’s ear in the twelfth Psalm with a simple plea, “Help, Lord.” The Lord is a help to man in times of disappointment and betrayal. He is able to destroy the undermining works of evil men (vv.3-4). At the right time, He will stand up and save the poor and needy, both in body and soul (v.5). He is the true and only Promise Keeper (vv.6-7). His words are like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.  They will walk through the fire and remain. They may be tried seven times and they will still stand.

Disappoint comes to us when we put our trust in the wrong place. Again, that prophet who spoke in the days of Israel said, “Do not trust in a friend; Do not put your confidence in a companion.” The prophet even said to guard the doors of your mouth from your own daughter, “a man’s enemies are the men of his own household” (Mic. 7:5-6)! Put your confidence, therefore, in the Lord and in Him alone. Trust in the goodness of men, but do not rest your hope fully upon them. The Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith (1 Tim. 4:1). In the day of confidence, they will strut their stuff like a lion about to pounce upon their prey (v.8). But your confidence will be in the Lord. They will fall, but you will prevail.

Remember… God delivered His only begotten Son.

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