This week, I’d like to share a story with you that I’ve found to be very insightful.
Once upon a time, there was a widow who served a rich man faithfully. When she was old and left the rich man’s service, the rich man gave the widow a letter. Since she was only a humble servant, she never learned how to read so she didn’t know what the letter was about. Though she didn’t know the contents of the letter, since she loved her former master, she still treasured the letter greatly and hung it in a frame above her bed. After she left the rich man’s service, she was too old to work yet did not have enough money to live on comfortably. For the next ten years, she struggled in poverty. One day, she fell ill and knew she was on her death bed. Her friends and relatives came to visit her. They saw the letter above her bed and asked her who it was from. The widow said it was from her former employer, a rich man whom she loved dearly. Her loved ones asked her if she knew what the letter was about. The widow said – “No, I can’t read”. Then her loved ones told her – “The letter is the rich man’s will. He has left all his riches to you!” It was only then that the widow realized that she was the heir to a vast fortune. But it was too late – the widow never claimed her inheritance and she died, penniless.
This story struck a chord with me because it illustrates a point about the need to claim God’s promises. The Bible is full of promises from God that can bless our lives. However, we have to be aware of those promises and claim them in Jesus’ name. If there’s a promise in the Bible that we don’t know about, then we are like the poor widow, living with a will above our bed. If we’re not aware of the Bible’s promises, or if we are aware of the promise but don’t have the faith to claim it, then the Bible’s promise is powerless in our lives and we won’t receive the blessing that belongs to us.
I’d like to share with you some promises from God that has changed my life and which I’d encourage you to claim for your life too.
One is in Romans 8 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him… Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This promise is one I claim whenever I face trouble in my life. I know that if I face adversity or failure, it is only temporary and in the long run, I will be victorious. This hope of final victory brings joy and calm into my life, enabling me to be peaceful amidst the storm.
Another awesome promise is in Jeremiah 29:11 –
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
When things are bad in my life, this is a promise that I claim. I know the struggles I am presently having in my life are only for the moment, and that my final future is a bright and prosperous one.
I think it’s important to feed your mind with these promises of hope in the future. Without these promises, when trouble comes, you will be tempted to worry and the negative energy and mental pain caused by worry can lead to depression and even despair. When you’re depressed, then you’re even less capable to deal with life and this starts a downward spiral that might be difficult to get out of. But if you claim God’s promise – that He will work good in your difficult circumstance, that He will grant you victory in the future – this enables you to have a positive attitude and your hope and joy will empower you to fight against whatever adversity you may be facing at the moment.
So don’t be like the widow. Make a habit of reading the Bible and good Christian books to find out what promises God has given you. This blog is too short for me to list all the awesome promises God has given us, but there are hundreds of promises in the Bible that can change your life if you just have the faith to activate it. So don’t hesitate – start researching God’s promises for you today and claim the victorious Christian life that is promised to you!