When God says something you can count on it. His Word is as reliable as He is. (Isaiah 55:11- So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.)
During a drought, God told Elijah to go live in the village of Zarephath where a widow was going to feed him. The widow only had enough food for her and her son and told Elijah they were going to die of starvation. Elijah instructed the widow to cook that last meal but feed him first and told her that there would still be enough food for her and her son. She did as Elijah said, and she, Elijah and her son continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil as long as it was needed. (1 Kings 17:16- For no matter how much they used, there was always plenty left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah!) The fact was that the widow only had enough food for one more meal, but God’s Word stated otherwise. His Word will always override facts. He promised that she’d have enough food and it was just as He said.
Traveling by ship to Rome, Paul and several other prisoners encountered a great storm. They threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship and no one had eaten for days because all hope was lost. Paul encouraged everyone and told them to cheer up because none of them will lose their lives. (Acts 27:25- So keep up your courage, men, for I believe God and have complete confidence in Him that it will turn out exactly as I have been told;) After more than two weeks in the storm they found a bay with a beach and decided to try to get to the land. They all jumped overboard and swam ashore and everyone escaped safely. The Lord promised to save Paul and everyone sailing with him and it was just as He said.
I was at a worship service on Tuesday and heard a song called Fall and some lyrics that stuck out to me were “My eyes above what it looks like. I will only see all You promised me.” Sometimes when we’re going through a trial it can be challenging to not lose sight of God’s promise but know that it’ll be just as He said. Never let your present circumstances dictate your faith in what God told you. His Word doesn’t return to Him void, it’ll achieve the purpose for which He sent it.