red chair faviconI have upheld [you] since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4, NIV)

My heart is downcast and I’m not feeling it. Unable to find the words to pray, I pull my little red chair up to God’s throne and wait. I sip hazelnut liquid mercy, desperate for a glimmer of hope. “Jesus, help!” is the only prayer I can manage. I open my Bible to Isaiah 46:3-4, a passage of comfort that never grows old.  Every time I read this passage, God speaks. Today, my red chair revelation could have been an English lesson as God focused my attention of the strategic use on past and future tense verbs.coffee-2Bimage In this passage God issued three past tense phrases:

  1. I have upheld you.

  2. I have carried you.

  3. I have made you.

Then God offered four future promises:

  1. I will sustain you.

  2. I will carry you.

  3. I will sustain you.

  4. I will rescue you.

God mentions “I will sustain you” twice in verse four. God future promises for my situation is greater than His past tense provision.

Hands-by-Dami-Wurtz-Pixabay His future promises are even greater!

Even though His provisions for me have been good; He upheld me, He carried me, and He made me. God reminds me His future promises are even greater and “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

Photos courtesy of Pixabay

 

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