Standing on “Balcony Moment” Promises
I recently heard about an elderly lady here in South Africa who daily writes a promise from the Bible on a piece of paper and puts it in her shoe. She literally stands upon the promise. Anytime someone asks her what promise she is standing on today, she takes her shoe off and reads the promise on the paper.
When I heard the story, I was reminded of the promises God has given MJ and me over the ten years of our missions journey. I remember sitting on the balcony of our home in Montreal the day after we had farewelled the church we had pastored for thirteen years. In my devotions, I read Psalm 90:17. It is a verse that MJ and I carry with us to this very day, not in our shoe but our heart.
“May the favour of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.”
A few weeks later, we were in Mombasa, Kenya, seeking direction regarding an invitation that was extended to us to become involved in leadership development across Africa. While having my devotions, I had another balcony experience and read these words from Isaiah 43:18-19.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
Just this past week, while preparing for a message, I read Isaiah 30:21.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
So many times when you are going through a difficult period, or a time of transition in your life, God will suddenly speak a promise in your ear as you read His Word. That promise becomes an opportunity to have a conversation with God. This conversation will give you direction while renewing a passion and re-igniting hope that sometimes gets lost during the journey.
Don’t be afraid of “God’s voice in your ear”. Use your daily devotional time as an opportunity to have a conversation with God. As He speaks a directive, converse with Him and thank him for His promises. When He says “this is the way; walk in it,” don’t fear the journey, instead walk in obedience. After all, the Psalmist promised that God’s Word would be a “lamp to your feet and a light to your path.” (Psalm 119:105)
I love what it says in 2 Corinthians 1:20. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes” in Christ.”
So, make sure you take a daily time with God. You don’t need a balcony, just find a place where you can read the Bible and make sure that your ears are open to hearing His voice. By the way, don’t forget to enjoy the conversation.
Until next time…