His Word Never Fails
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One of my favourite verses is 1 Peter 2:6: “… those who trust in the Lord will never be put to shame.”
This week, in the bible reading, we see in Luke 1:13-14 the angel saying to Zechariah that “… your wife will bear you a son and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you and many will rejoice because of his birth for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.”
God gave me this verse for our son after he was born. One day whilst pushing my upset toddler in his pushchair down the street I started quoting it. I was saying “you will be a joy and a delight” as if trying to make it happen. God corrected me and said “stop saying he will be and start saying he is a joy and a delight.” 10 years on I can tell you that many people have said how delightful he is!
I love how the verses we have been looking at, “no word from God will ever fail” (Luke 1v37) and the “Lord has done this for me” (Luke 1v25-26), show how as we trust in Him we will see what He has said.
The very first time I got revelation that His word never fails was 20 years ago when I stood in my garden with a cigarette in one hand, a glass of wine in the other and Phil Collins blaring away in the background.
I was totally broken and heartbroken, besides myself in a total mess as my husband had left me for another woman. I was feeling betrayed and rejected not just from my husband but felt that God had let me down too. With no one else to turn to, I stood in my garden having a go at God, and believe me I didn’t use nice, polite words!
The next thing I know is that I see my Lord walk towards me and grab hold of me like a parent grabs hold of a toddler having a tantrum. I could see myself like a young child again, kicking and screaming, with snot running down my face – it wasn’t a pretty sight. As clear as if you were speaking to me right now, He said to me in a gentle but powerful voice and with such love and mercy, “you can kick and scream as much as you like, I will never leave you or forsake you.”
At that time, I didn’t even know that was in the Bible and I certainly didn’t know what forsake meant. However, I knew, in that very moment, that God who made the heavens and the earth would never leave me and that He would always be with me by my side and it blew me away. I just knew He couldn’t fail me, He wouldn’t hurt me, He wouldn’t lie to me, and He wouldn’t disappoint me. It was an encounter with the living God that no one could take away from me, just him and me.
That night he became the Father I’ve always wanted, the husband that I needed and my rock.
Just like he showed himself to the lady he had previously cast out demons from (Mark 16v9), Jesus showed how non-judgemental He is. Just like these women received his grace and mercy, that night God poured out his love, grace and mercy on me.
All of this happened whilst I was a Christian because no matter who we are it is possible to make mistakes. Having a teachable heart and being accountable can help us limit this but we can all make wrong life choices and end up in a mess. Even when we do, God is ready with his mercy and grace to turn our situation around.
His word never fails!
How do you stop yourself just going with the crowd?
How are you going into your world to share the good news of Jesus? Can you share any stories of signs accompanying it?
I’d love to hear about your encounters with God
Just like Elizabeth said “the Lord has done this for me”; what has the Lord done for you?
Zechariah’s obedience to naming his son John led to his mouth immediately being opened. What does obedience mean to you?
As a new born, Jesus was put in a manger (a livestock eating place) that would have been unclean, yet did not get sick. How are you practically putting the word in action especially given the current world situation?
In the Old Testament the prophets spoke about Jesus and then Simeon and Anna spoke about his life. Can you share how you get yourself ready to hear a word from God for someone else?