The Bible describes the Holy Spirit’s residence within a believer as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance – His presence is the promise of what is yet to come (2 Cor 1:22, 5:5; Eph 1:14). Eternity in heaven is secure if we continue to walk with Christ (Act 14:22; Jas 1:12; 1 Jn 2:24,25). However, being a Christian is no guarantee of freedom from trials, problems or sickness in this world though we can live secure in the knowledge of His sovereign hand on our lives at all times. We can claim healing and His provision, confident that “All things work together for our good” with the purpose of “conforming us to the image of Christ” (Rom 8:28,29).
God’s over-arching perspective is vastly superior to our limited and distorted view. David couldn’t comprehend the fact that people who do evil and do not love God appear to get away with it, until he considered their end (Ps 73:17). Bad things happen to good people too, as Job’s story bears out, yet things turned out well for him in the end (Job 1:8-2:10, 42:10-16). Many people, from biblical times to the present, have not been rescued from persecution but died as martyrs because of their faith in Christ but “Blessed is the man who perseveres for he will receive the Crown of life” (Heb 11:35-40; Jas 1:12). We can confidently be assured of God’s promises to be with us always, forgiveness when we truly repent and His continual love – no matter what we do – as this is His nature (Mt 28:20; 1 Jn 1:9, 4:8,16).
He keeps His word, do I?
promises no longer apply, and might even be used against us in judgement because we have known the right way and yet rebelled against them (Rom 1:18-32, 2:5-8; Jas 4:17). “God is not a man that he should lie...does He promise and not fulfill?” (Num 23:19; 2 Pet 3:9). “Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave” (1 Kgs 8:56). It is sure to happen – 100% definite!
Although destructive traits can plague a family for generations, by seeking God with determination and effort, what may seem an inevitable repetition can be broken and lives turned around, for His glory.