The Promise of Jesus – Introduction

Psalm 121, a song of ascents, is one of my favorites.  If you are not familiar with it, I would highly recommend that you take a moment to read through it.  It talks about God being our help and that He watches over us.  He “will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4).  What an awesome promise!  Absolutely nothing misses God’s gaze.  Sometimes our safety comes in a way that we did not have in mind.  However, we must remember that God’s ways are not our ways and He has a purpose and a plan for each of us.

According to our verse for the week, 2 Corinthians 1:20 – “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ.”  We can rest in the promise that there is shelter in the storms of life and that shelter is Jesus.  During the times when our greatest need is to hold onto something, God offers Himself.  God is the one who holds on to us.

In the introduction of The Shelter of God’s Promises, Sheila talks about the night she spent in the cave and awoke to the most beautiful sunrise.  You and I might never have the opportunity to spend the night in a cave, but we need to keep our eyes open, so we don’t miss the “God appointments” He has for each and every one of us.

At the end of the introduction Sheila states, “In the storm and under pressure, God took me to a place of rest, comfort and ultimately, to a place of absolute beauty.”  My question to you is, what are your thoughts on that statement?  What has been your experience when faced with life’s storms?  I would love to have your comments or even prayer requests, if you are currently in one of life’s storms.  As a group, we are here to lift up one another.

As we start this study over The Shelter of God’s Promises, it is hard at times to wrap my mind around all the promises of God and that He will keep them.  This is because God is faithful and covenant keeping.  “He is the only Promise Maker, who is always a Promise Keeper” (participants guide, 15).  I am looking forward to studying these 10 promises with you and breaking down some of the “bad” feelings we instinctively have about promises being broken.  If you have stopped by the blog and have not signed up for the study, there is still time.  Simply contact me or begin following the blog via email and I will get the assignment right out to you.

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