Short Bible Study

God’s Armor Piercing Promises

Joshua Crawford

By the World War II, military tanks had become vital to the fighting on both sides.  The thick armor on these massive machines led to the invention of steel constructed, armor piercing shells.  When regular ammunition shatters against heavy metal tanks, armor piercing shells will break through still intact.  Have you thought of God’s promises as able to break through anything in your life?

In Genesis 12:1-2, around the year 2076 BC, God tells Abraham, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great…”  After that word from God, Abraham struggles to have any offspring, but ultimately does.  Afterwards, Abraham’s people are challenged by enemies, famines, and even wind up in Egypt, bound in slavery for 400 years.  Once free from slavery, they worship idols, wander in the wilderness, and have to war with numerous countries to have a place to live.

Despite all that, in the year 1451 BC, a whopping 625 years after God’s initial promise to build Abraham into a great people, they’re now a nation called Israel dividing land amongst themselves – the very land God showed them.  At that time, Scripture says, “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” (Joshua 21:45)  Like the armor piercing shells, the promises which God gave Israel penetrated centuries of tribulations.  Wouldn’t you love promises that don’t crumble against the challenges of real life?

Consider what God says about His own words when He says, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)  God’s word will reach His target and fulfill His purpose, 100% of the time.  Are we reading our Bible and God’s promises believing they’re darkness-destroying, shame-shattering shells that will break through our worst situation?  Or do we view these promises as just empty words that fail to reach our problems?  Today, decide if God’s ammunition is enough for you.

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