Believing the Promise in the Dark

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It’s Good Friday. Today, we remember Jesus going to the cross as His disciples struggled to believe the words He spoke about a coming salvation. In that moment, it was a dark day for the followers of Jesus. Admittedly, sometimes as I read God’s promises in Scripture, it is difficult for me to really claim them as true for me. Recently, I have been struggling with migraines that have made pain and being confined to my bed an all too familiar experience. Spending most of my career as one who helped others with their pain and health, this has been not only a physically debilitating time in my life, but also an emotional and spiritual one that has brought me to my knees.

I have found myself looking to circumstances or the way I feel as evidence of whether God’s promises are true and if He really loves me. This has led me to an empty, dark place that leads me striving to prove myself to others, to God and even to myself.

Galatians 3:22 teaches, “But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.” God's promises are true for us — not because of anything we do or don't do, but simply because He lovingly places them on us. We can't earn them through our accomplishments or a checklist. We can’t validate them through our feelings or circumstances. We can only come to experience them through a relationship with Christ. Whether it be through fire or flood, God’s promises are true. 

Perhaps like me, you are finding yourself in a difficult season and wondering if God’s promises are true … for you. Our God sees, our God hears, and His promises are yours. Cling to them. Claim them. He sent His one and only son to declare His promise over you. As it states in Psalm 119, “Your promise preserves my life.” This promise has a name, and His name is Jesus.

On Good Friday, we are reminded that Christ bore our sins on His shoulders as He hung on the cross, so that we could be healed of our brokenness and restored to our Father in Heaven. Now, we have access to the full inheritance of God’s promises as children of God.

As you pray today, ask God to show you specifically where you might need to claim His promises and align with Christ. Ask Him to help you believe His promises are true, and to give you an expectant heart to see them take root and grow. Jesus welcomes you with open arms and longs to show you His promises are true.

Our God hears,
Jennifer Cardinal