God has graciously given us who believe in Christ great and precious promises. But it’s not enough to simply have them. We must believe them.
O! He is a suitable Savior! He has power, authority, and compassion, to save to the uttermost. He has given His word of promise, to engage our confidence, and He is able and faithful to make good the expectations and desires He has raised in us. Put your trust in Him; believe (as we say) through thick and thin, in defiance of all objections from within and without. –John Newton
It’s easy to believe God’s promises when we’re prospering, when our children are doing well, when everything is going our way. When Israel marched triumphantly out of a crippled Egypt after the destroying angel had killed Egypt’s firstborn, and Israel was laden down with the treasures their captors had given them, it was easy for them to believe God would fulfill his promises.
But shortly afterward, when they came to the Red Sea and Egyptian chariots were barrelling down upon them, everything around them screamed that God had abandoned them. Reminds me of the song Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealers Wheel: “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” Israel was stuck with no where to go.
Everything within and without them screamed “God has abandoned us.”
The big question when we go through a trial is what are we going to believe – God’s promises or our circumstances? God’s word or our emotions? God’s promises or our interpretation of the circumstances?
How it would have glorified God if the Israelites had said, “Don’t worry, he’ll be here. He’s brought us this far; he won’t abandon us now.” How it would have pleased God, when they heard the thunder of chariot wheels, if they would have said, “Don’t worry, God will protect us. He’ll make a way of escape.”
Trust him “through thick and thin, in defiance of all objections from within and without.” And you will see the One who is able to save to the uttermost fulfill his promises.