When I first came to Malaysia, there was a word God gave me from the Scriptures:
Here I was in a strange country, far from home. I knew hardly anybody and it was just God I had to rely on. So I held on to this in fervent hope. I hid it in my heart and would bring it out several times a day to examine it, revel in it and then put it away for next time. However, I got caught up with settling down and so many other stuff that I forgot to remind myself of this Scripture for weeks.
Then this week I got distressed about something. I became so anxious, I started having stomach aches. I tried to pray but was just too worried, well, I mumbled a few words of prayer and went back to worrying. I got so distressed I shed a few tears. Then I decided to listen to the Bible. I try to listen to the Daily Audio Bible each day but I was behind.
That day, I listened to the podcast for the 15th of March, 2010 and it was the story of Balak and Balaam from chapter 23 of the book of Numbers . Halfway into the story these words jump out at me
God is not a man, so he does not lie.
He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
– Numbers 23:19 (NLT)
Oh Lord! It was balm to my aching soul. I can’t tell you how these words blessed me. I was reminded of the earlier Scripture I had been holding on to and I felt the peace of reassurance deep inside me.
It does not matter what we are going through at the moment, God is not a promise-breaker. He will never let us down; it is not in his DNA. He is ever faithful and the sort of Father who does not allow his children to suffer without comforting them.
I am thankful –
- for a Father who loved me enough to send his son to die for me
- For His word which reaches out to reassure me of that love
- For His peace which passes understanding
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