When a shipbuilder erects a boat, does he do so only to keep
it on the scaffolding? No, he builds it to sail the seas and to
weather the storms. In fact, if he does not think of strong winds
and hurricanes as he builds it, he is a poor shipbuilder.
In the same way, when God made you a believer, He meant
to test you. And when He gave you promises and asked you to
trust them, He made His promises suitable for times of storms
and high seas. Do you believe that some of His promises are
counterfeit, similar to a life vest that looks good in the store
but is of no use in the sea?
We have all seen swords that are beautiful but are useless in
war, or shoes made for decoration but not for walking. Yet God’s
shoes are made of iron and brass, and we can walk all the way
to heaven in them, without ever wearing them out. And we
could swim the Atlantic a thousand times in His life vest, with
no fear of ever sinking. His Word of promise is meant to be tried
There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people
to publicly profess Him and then not use Him. He loves for us
to make use of Him, for His covenant blessings are not simply
meant to be looked at but should be appropriated. Our Lord
Jesus has been given to us for our present use. Are you making
use of Him as you should?
O beloved, I plead with you not to treat God’s promises as
something to be displayed in a museum but to use them as
everyday sources of comfort. And whenever you have a time
of need, trust the Lord. Charles H. Spurgeon
Go to the depths of God’s promise,
And claim whatsoever you will;
The blessing of God will not fail you,
His Word He will surely fulfill.
How can God say no to something He has promised?