There hath not failed one word of all His good promise. 1 Kings 8:56
I have found that in times of disappointment of any kind there is great help in these words. There is the fact. Feelings may say what the will, but they cannot touch the eternal fact. One of His good promises is "Whatsoever is right I will give you." Another is this: "The Lord will not withhold good things from them who walk in innocence." "No good thing will He withhold," so that thing that is not given could not have been good for us.
He knows what is good.
It is just here that faith is tested sometimes very sharply, and we begin perhaps to distress ourselves over the condition attached to the promise. Is it because of something in me that this good thing - as I believed it to be - is not given? God, who searcheth the heart, alone knows our need of the cleansing Blood for motive in prayer, but if by His enabling we will to desire His will, then we may leave all
torturing thoughts and rest our heart on Him. "No good thing will he withhold"..."There hath not failed" - nor ever can fail - "one word of all His good promise." -- Amy Carmichael in Edges of His Ways
Torturing thoughts. I had some of those yesterday. Try as I might to keep them to myself, the Lord wouldn't have it that way. He arranged a conversation with a co-worker which forced these torturing thoughts out into the open, and thus, began to dispel them.
In any situation, I think, we can find a way to cast blame. Sometimes that blame lands on others, but if you are like me, often times that blame is heaped upon ourselves. In my current situation (the recent rejection of my affections) it is very easy for me to list all the reasons why it was right and reasonable for this man to choose as he has: I'm fat and unattractive; I live in another state; I talk too much and give my opinion too freely, I am far too emotional; oh, and did I mention I'm fat? But my friend gently reminded me yesterday that the list of my perceived shortcomings have nothing to do with anything, a Sovereign God is in control of what does and does not happen in my life. He orders our steps. He inclines and softens and hardens hearts. He withholds no good thing. And He keeps His promises.
The Lord has not specifically promised me a husband, but has promises to be my husband. He has not promised me a care-free life, but has promised to bear the cares I cast upon Him. He has not promised me a life without hardships, trials, and loss, but He has promised to work all things together for my good and to give me all grace and all sufficiency in all things at all times. He has not promised that I will never have to fight sin or temptation or opposition, but He has promised to fight for me, to advocate and intercede for me and that He will never leave me or forsake me. Because of this, though I do face disappointment and loss right this very minute, I can say with certainty and even enthusiasm that "not one of His good promises have failed me!"