God’s Promises Speak to Us – by Willie & Elaine Oliver

Every day we thank God for answered prayers: for life, for health, for safety. We are especially grateful for God’s protection on our many missionary journeys each year, as part of our ministry responsibilities for the church. It is easy to take for granted, that when we get on a plane, we’ll be getting off the plane at the right place and time. So, we intentionally thank God each time our plane arrives safely.

Ellen White states that: “Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend…Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him” (Steps to Christ, p. 93).

We see God’s promises in the Bible as talking back to us, even before we begin to speak to Him. It is as if God were anticipating our prayers and having an answer before we call.

The following are some of our favorite promises:

The last part of Matthew 28:20 states: “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In short, God promises never to leave us. What an amazing assurance in a world that is often filled with transient and disposable relationships. We will never be alone.

In John 14:27 God tells us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” This is incredibly good news in a world filled with fear of every kind. The word for peace in the Hebrew Bible is shalom, which means a sense of harmony, wellbeing, and prosperity. This notion suggests much more than simply the absence of aggression, but indicates unity and inclusiveness. In the New Testament, the word for peace is eirēnē, which is not just the absence of antagonism, trouble, and chaos, but also the reality of being safe and secure. We are always secure with Christ!

Last but not least, the promise in Philippians 4:19 assures us, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” What a powerful promise in our unpredictable and volatile world! Whether our need is for friendship, security, transportation, food, warmth, or a great marriage relationship, our God has promised to supply.

Yes, God’s promises talk to us daily! Our prayer this week is for each of you is to see your faith grow stronger as you trust God daily to keep His Word. Remember, His promises are there for you!

By Willie & Elaine Oliver, directors of Family Ministries for the world church.

Note: To view this week’s prayer requests, written by the Olivers, click here!

Practical Application: 

Are you in the midst of some family crisis or trial? Ministering to our family members, unfortunately, is often the most difficult and challenging work we will ever undertake. However, no matter the circumstances you face, nothing is hopeless, for we serve a great God.

This week, as you seek to allow God’s promises to speak to you, consider the following secret to family unity written in the book Adventist Home.

Ellen White writes, “The cause of division and discord in families and in the church is separation from Christ. To come near to Christ is to come near to one another. The secret of true unity in the church and in the family is not diplomacy, not management, not a superhuman effort to overcome difficulties—though there will be much of this to do—but union with Christ. Picture a large circle, from the edge of which are many lines all running to the center. The nearer these lines approach the center, the nearer they are to one another. Thus it is in the Christian life. The closer we come to Christ, the nearer we shall be to one another” (Adventist Home, p. 179).

Dear Heavenly Father, It’s all too easy to rest upon our own wisdom instead of Yours, to look to our strength, instead of Yours. Today we ask again that you’d help us stand upon Your Word and to claim the promises You’ve given us in Your Word. Most of all, we ask that You’d help us turn our focus on You rather than our problems, for we know that the closer we come to You, the closer we will come to each other, and as a result, we will experience greater unity in our family. Forgive us for drifting away! Help us to love You More. Help us to love our family members with Your unselfish Christlike love as well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Promises to claim: I Cor. 13, Phil 4:19, Ps. 68:6, Duet. 30:6