Unfulfilled Promises

Kathryn Blok

READ : Romans 8:28-39   “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you” (Ps. 50:15). “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). In the midst of hardships, natural disasters, sorrow and losses, we sometimes wonder why God does not honor these promises. Is it because our faith is weak? These questions arise because we view our situation from man’s perspective rather than from God’s. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are …

Claiming God’s Promises

Kathryn Blok

READ : Genesis 32:9-12, 22-26   When Jacob fled from home in fear of his brother Esau, God came to him in a dream and promised to be with him, to keep him safe, and to return him to his home. Many years later when Jacob started for home, still in fear of Esau, he reminded God of His promise (vv. 11-12). God came to him again at night, this time in the form of a man. The two wrestled …

The Certainty of God’s Promises

Kathryn Blok

READ : Hebrews 6:13-20   The cynic says, “Promises are made to be broken.” Our experiences seem to lend credence to this statement. We are aware of it when a child cries “But, Mom, you promised.” We think of it when divorce negates the marriage vow of “until death do us part.” We agree with it when campaign promises are broken with the excuse that not all the facts were known when the pledge was made. How different are the …

God is Over All

Kathryn Blok

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:7-18   “Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called upon to bear? (J. Oatman Jr.). Do you feel alone in a difficult situation which leaves you emotionally, mentally, physically, and sometimes spiritually, drained? Do you long for respite, but feel constrained by love to carry on? Such experiences can make us bitter. Emotional strain and physical fatigue can lead us to self-pity, irritation, rebellion and anger. …

When You Can’t Sleep

Kathryn Blok

READ : Psalm 73:16-28   The small girl always looked forward to Sunday School. She loved her teacher; she was spellbound by the Bible stories; but most of all she awaited another opportunity to gaze at the large painting which greeted all who entered the room – a picture of Jesus blessing little children. How she wished she could step into the picture and lean against Jesus. Wistfully she joined the others in singing, “I wish that His hand had …

When You Can’t Sleep

Kathryn Blok

READ : Proverbs 3:19-26   “I had such a restless night! I had only a few hours of sleep last night. I can’t remember when I had a good night’s sleep.” Is there anyone who cannot identify with these statements? Financial worries, physical concerns, an overcrowded schedule, a mountain of unfinished work, a wayward child, an important decision to be made, a misplaced document are but a few of the causes of sleepless nights. Researchers have explored the problem; sleep …