2018 Wishes and Promises
In his book, All the Promises of the Bible, Herbert Lockyear claims there are 8000 listed. Among this listing, many promises have to do with faith and are foretastes of personal desires and wishes granted by God.
When Solomon requested “wisdom”, God promised three gifts, with the last one being conditional. In I Kings 3:1-15, God provided 1) an understanding mind (wisdom), 2) wealth and fame and 3) a long life for Solomon, based on his obedience.
What is your wish? What is a promise you’d love for God to manifest in your personal life that might positively impact others?
I think of the lyrics in a song written by William H. Bathurst, Oh, For a Faith That Will Not Shrink and it is this title that shapes my wish. Evidence of God’s promises to give “faith” to those who believe reminds us of prayer as an important condition. With nearly 8000 promises in Scripture it would take nearly 22 years to use each of the promises once, according to Everet Storms, Canadian schoolteacher. Storms extensively studied God’s promises, reading the Bible twenty seven times and tallying divine promises.
May we trust God during our times of testing, asking for “…a faith that shines more bright and clear, when tempests rage without; that when in danger, knows no fear, in darkness feels no doubt;” Oh for a Faith That Will Not Shrink (verse 3) In case you’d like to get better acquainted with God’s promises, attached is a link to an online biblical resource of Scripture Promises and Prayers for your personal use.
–– Linda I. McDaniel
Published on Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 11:45 AM EDT