There’s a verse in Ezekiel 12:28 that someone brought to my attention recently. In The Living Bible, it reads as follows: “Therefore say to them: ‘The Lord God says, “All delay has ended. I will do it now.”’
The context of this verse is that Ezekiel prophesied that the prince – Zedekiah, would go out from the land of Israel carrying his baggage, covering his face so that he did not see the land. He would be taken captive to Babylon. However, the people of Israel said that the prophecy was for many days in the future and that the prophecies failed. God told Ezekiel to tell His people that the prophecy would take place now.
What were the people of Israel saying? In essence, they were saying that God’s words were not true.
“All delay has ended. I will do it now. Each of us has an “it” in our lives – a prayer we need answers to, a promise we are waiting to see fulfilled. During this time, Satan comes to us and tells us that God’s words are not true – that He does not keep His promises. Will we believe Satan’s lies or the truth of God’s Word? Here are some verses to bolster your faith and help you to stay on course.
Joshua 23:14 NIV: “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”
1 Kings 8:56: “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant.”
Psalm 89:34: “No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.”
Psalm 138:2 NKJV: “I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”
Isaiah 55: 11 TLB: “…so also is my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to and prosper everywhere I send it.”
Isaiah 65:24 TLB:” I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!”
Jeremiah 1:12 NIV: “The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
Lamentations 2:17 a NIV: “The Lord has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago…”
2 Corinthians 1:20 TPT: For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfillment in him. And as his “yes” and our “amen” ascend to God, we bring him glory!”
Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
I could go on. A man by the name of Evert R. Storms, a Canadian school teacher, on his 27th reading of the Bible, found 7,487 promises by God to humankind. So when we’re tempted to give up, let’s meditate on the promises of God and take to heart the admonition given to us in Hebrews 10:35, NIV: “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”
Dear Lord Jesus, I choose today not to cast away my confidence in Your great and precious promises.
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