Just I've promised to be there for my grandkids, God has promised to be there for me.
Posted in , Jul 1, 2016
My grandson, Nolan, is two-years-old now. When he looks up at me with those big blue eyes and then puckers up to give me a kiss, he melts my heart like marshmallows over a hot fire.
When he visits, his big thrill is to head upstairs to the playroom that we’ve filled with toys and books. Now that he’s crawling, I walk close behind him so he won’t fall. As he crawls up one step, he turns to see if I’m still with him. I say, “I’m right here, baby.”
He does the same on the next step. I always look at him and say, “I’m coming with you. I promise.”
One day I realized that it’s as if God whispered, “You do the exact same thing with Me. I tell you, ‘I am with you. I promise I’ll never leave you!’ but you doubt Me—even though I’ve always been there for you before.”
Ouch. Guilty as charged, and I suspect I’m not the only one. So for all of us who need a refresher course in trusting Him, I thought I’d share some of God’s sweet promises that have helped me:
1) Are you afraid? Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
2) Do you need strength? Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
3) Do you need courage? Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
4) Do you need security? Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
When Nolan gets a little older, he’ll learn—like the older grandchildren—that he can count on Grandmama to be there with him.
I hope I’ll do as well at trusting the God who has never let me down before. Not once.