Sometimes in life we are going along, doing all right, managing the ups and downs of our routines, when out of nowhere a boulder drops from the sky and crashes in our lives. It might be a serious illness, a job lose, maybe even the dreaded “C” word…cancer. Whatever the boulder might be, it wasn’t in the plan and now the weight is crushing and sudden. We become desperate for help or we might not make it.
There is no doubt that sometimes life is hard. So what do you do when life gets especially difficult and hard? I spoke about the lessons we learn when life gets hard about a year ago. But to be honest, we need more than lessons about life, we need God’s promises.
In the next few weeks we will learn five promises of God that God makes to every person of faith in every generation. When we make these truths our own, they become intensely personal, incredible practical and profoundly reliable.
God’s promises are precious and valuable if we know what they are and then put our full weight upon them. When we are sustained by these promises they become more real and a tremendous encouragement. The Psalmist said to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). It’s always best to see God’s faithfulness in your life than to just read about it. I’m enclosing some thoughts by Spurgeon that speak concerning God’s promises.

Meant to be Used

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises” (2 Pet. 1:4).

When a shipwright builds a vessel, does he build it to keep it upon the stocks? Nay, he builds it for the sea and the storm. When he was making it, he thought of tempests and hurricanes; if he did not, he was a poor shipbuilder.
When God made thee a believer, He meant to try thee; and when He gave thee promises, and bade thee trust them, He gave such promises as are suitable for times of tempest and tossing. Dost thou think that God makes shams like some that have made belts for swimming, which were good to exhibit in a shop, but of no use in the sea?
We have all heard of swords which were useless in war; and even of shoes which were made to sell, but were never meant to walk in. God’s shoes are of iron and brass, and you can walk to Heaven in them without their ever wearing out; and His life-belts, you may swim a thousand Atlantics upon them, and there will be no fear of your sinking. His Word of promise is meant to be tried and proved.
There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to make a show-thing of Him, and not to use Him. He loves to be employed by us. Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Thou dost not make use of Christ as thou oughtest to do.
O man, I beseech you do not treat God’s promises as if they were curiosities for a museum; but use them as every day sources of comfort. Trust the Lord whenever your time of need comes on.
–C. H. Spurgeon


“Go to the deeps of God’s promise,
And claim whatsoever ye will;
The. blessing of God will not fail thee,
His Word He will surely fulfill.”