Do you ever feel like you’re just incapable of handling the challenge in front of you?
- Maybe you’ve been rejected by a loved one.
- Maybe you’ve received a frightening diagnosis.
- Maybe you’re grieving the death of someone close to you.
- Maybe you’ve lost your job.
- Maybe you’ve been unable to make your income and your expenses balance.
- Maybe you’ve lost your home to fire or a storm.
Maybe you’re at a place in your life where you’ve looked to the heavens and said, “God this is too hard. I can’t do this!”
I had a time like that years ago. Our lives were turned upside down and I had no idea how I would be able to move forward.
I cried and I cried out.
And for the past decade and a half, I’ve praised God for whispering these words of Jesus to my heart…
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”Matthew 11:28–29
You see, I received that promise in my heart and grabbed my Bible, and prayerfully asked the Lord to teach me, heal my heart, and bring peace to my soul.
Psalm 18 is very similar to David’s Song of Praise in 2 Samuel 22. He was no longer a young warrior taking on giants or enemy armies. He was now a long-serving experienced King who had trusted the Lord to guide and protect him.
So, as he looked back over his life, David recounted a long list of reasons to praise God for who He is and for all He does.
Here are some of my favorite verses from Psalm 18…
God’s way is perfect.Psalm 18:30–32
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection.
For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
God arms me with strength,
and He makes my way perfect.
I too have learned that God’s powerful promises are trustworthy and true. When I’m faced with difficult challenges I run to Him through His Word and read powerful promises like the ones below…
He promises that He is:
- loving. 1 Chronicles 16:34
- compassionate. Psalm 145:9
- for us. Romans 8:31
- merciful. 2 Corinthians 1:3
- gracious. Hebrews 4:16
- unchanging. James 1:17
- the Way, the Truth, and the Life. John 14:6
He has promised to give us:
- strength. Isaiah 41:10
- forgiveness. Luke 24:47
- peace. John 14:27
- guidance. Proverbs 3:5–6
- hope. Jeremiah 29:11
- His presence. John 14:16
- eternal life. John 3:16
And when we trust that God is who He says He is and that He keeps His powerful promises, like David, we will say with confidence…
I love You, Lord; You are my strength.Psalm 18:1–3
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and He saved me from my enemies.
A Prayer to Trust God’s Powerful Promises
through Life’s Challenge
Lord, thank you for inviting me to come to You when life’s challenges become a heavy burden. Your Word says that You want me to come to You with everything that’s going on in my life and Your promise to help me carry my burdens when I bring them to You is a blessing for which I am especially grateful.
When I come to You with my burdens, You remind me of who You are and of all You’ve done for me in the past. You give me what I need to trust You with today’s struggle and look at tomorrow with hope. You encourage me with Your love and Your guidance helps me remember that this is all temporary. No difficulty or affliction lasts forever when I keep my eyes on You with an eternal perspective.
So, today and all the days ahead, I will say . . . I love You, Lord, my strength. “You are my rock, my fortress, and my Savior.” You are the One in whom I find protection. You are the One who saves me. You are my place of safety.
By Your grace and with Your help, I will cling to Your promises and live today with gratitude for Your glory. I pray this in the name of Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Amen.
We can trust God’s powerful promises because…
“All God’s promises prove true.”
Paul said it this way…
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory.2 Corinthians 1:20
From Genesis through Revelation, God’s Word points to Jesus . . . He is the fulfillment of all God’s promises.
We can be confident that His promise to return for us is absolute.
When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.John 14:3
We can trust His promises . . . He is who He says He is and He will take care of us.
So, take your challenges to Him. Study His Word and go to Him in prayer.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.1 Peter 5:7
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