June 17, 2018
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. [2 Corinthians 1:20]
In the midst of trial and tribulation, there is nothing better than counting on the promises of God. Have you ever been paralyzed with fear, anxiety, or confusion? These are the very times that we look to Jesus and the promises that we have in Him. Jesus said, “The truth shall make you free.” It is knowing truth, particularly the truth in His promises that renders freedom. We can be free from fear, anxiety, and confusion when we know and receive God’s promises in His word.
Paul’s missionary journeys came with much persecution. It was not only physical but spiritual and emotional as well. Fear of the unknown was a great obstacle. He traveled into unchartered territory, and Satan did not want him to succeed. The attack was extremely intense, especially upon his mind and emotions. If the Enemy could dissuade Paul from even going out, the battle would be lost before it even starts. What did Paul do? He stood firm on the promises of God. Persecution? Yes, spiritual, emotional, and physical; yet in the midst of it all Paul held to God’s promises for him and walked in them.
This morning we begin 2 Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians we saw the many challenges that Paul faced in the Corinthian church. We will see that in this second letter the challenges got even worse. One has to wonder why Paul continued. His character and apostleship were attacked, and yet he continued because of Jesus’ word to him several years prior. “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” [Acts 18:9-10]
In the midst of fear and trepidation, question and doubt; God’s word [God’s promises] make us stand. In the midst of the noise and confusion of this world; God’s word is that strong anchor that holds us in place and then directs us forward. In the end, God’s promises are what we can count on.