Before Jesus left His disciples to go back to heaven, He gave them their work to do. They were to preach the gospel to all the world. Then He gave them a wonderful promise. “I am with you always,” He told them.
What comfort and cheer this promise gave His disciples! They need never be afraid, lonely or sad. Jesus would always be with them, guiding, comforting and strengthening them. That promise is for us, too, when we do God’s will.
There are many promises in the Bible. We can learn these promises and keep them always in our mind. Then when we are sad or lonely or afraid, we can remember the promises and know that Jesus will help us.
In the book of Psalms is a precious promise to remember when we are in danger. “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.”
The word “fear” used here does not mean we are to be afraid of God. It is the word used in the Old Testament to mean faithfulness to God. If we love God, it is impossible to be afraid of Him. “Perfect love casts out fear,” John wrote. We are faithful to Him because we love Him and because we know He is faithful to us. “I will never leave you, nor forsake you,” is His promise.
During World War II, a corpsman was on a hill with many wounded soldiers. His job was to give first aid to the wounded. But the hill was being fired upon by the enemy. His commanding officer ordered him to come down. The corpsman refused.
Trusting in God to protect him, he tied a rope around one wounded man and lowered him to safety. Then he lowered another and another. Finally, all the wounded men were safe at the bottom of the hill. Then the corpsman ran for safety, too.
After the war, he met a man who had been an enemy soldier. The former enemy said, “I meant to kill you. I had you in my gunsight, but something wouldn’t let me pull the trigger.” God had protected the corpsman. “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you,” the Bible says.
These promises don’t mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us. Jesus said very plainly, “In the world you will have tribulation.” But He didn’t stop there. “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” He said.
Jesus said we should not even be afraid in time of war, or when there are earthquakes, famines or other disasters. “See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet,” He said. All the bad things that can happen are only temporary. But God’s plans for us are eternal. Isaiah wrote, “For the heavens will vanish ... like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment ... but My salvation will be forever ...”
Paul had a physical weakness. He called it “a thorn in the flesh.” Three times He asked God to take it away. But God answered, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” God will always give us strength to endure whatever happens. When we are weakest, He will be strongest.
And we must always remember that, no matter how bad something may seem at the time, “All things work
Find the promises in this lesson in these texts:
• Psalms 91:7-13; 34:7; 32:8; 4:8; 103:12,
• Isaiah 26:3,
• Matthew 28:19, 20; 24:6,
• John 14:27; 16:3 3,
• 2 Corinthians 12:9,
• Hebrews 10:17,
• James 1:5, and
• 1 John 1:9; 4:18
Discover other promises found in these texts:
• Job 22:27,
• 1 Corinthians 10:13,
• Isaiah 58:11,
• Mark 9:23 and
• Philippians 4:19
“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5