We are all accustomed to promises. We are also accustomed to seeing people making and breaking them. No one can claim to always keep every promise made. My brother, my sister, there are many reasons why this is true: sometimes we forget, sometimes we are negligent, and sometimes it may be due to circumstances beyond our control. But God is not a man and what He says He does, and what He does, He has already said in His Word: “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
Now a promise is not more valuable than the person behind the promise, for it is the person who makes it to carry through. Keeping a promise includes willingness to do so. We are made in the image of God and the Bible shows us God keeping His promises through many people: He did keep His promise to Abraham through Christ (Galatians 3:16). Besides, Jesus’ life on earth was shaped by His confidence in the power of God’s promises. When Jesus said: “I am that bread of life” (John 6:48), “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), He fully demonstrated that the Father Himself who had promised to raise Him from the grave to heaven kept His promise. And even if the path to the tomb was painful, the victory was His share because He kept His eyes on the promise of the Father. Now, how can we, as Christians, see God’s promises fulfilled in our lives?
This can only happen through faith in Christ!
My friend, God promised to supply every need we have (Phillipians 4:19). Now notice, God has obligated Himself only to the extent of our needs. That would include food, clothing, shelter, companionship, love, and salvation through Jesus Christ. This does not count the luxurious or superficial things that we sometimes see as needs. God has also promised that His grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). In fact, He has made provision for our salvation by His grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). It is through an obedient faith that we have access into the grace of God (Romans 5:2). God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation. Instead, He assures us that a way of escape will be provided (1 Corinthians 10:13). God has promised us victory over death. He first resurrected Jesus to assure us of our resurrection. God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully (Romans 8:28). It may be difficult for us to see and understand how it will be accomplished at times, but God has promised, and He will deliver us and raise us as He did for Jesus…”how” and “when” it is not for us to know. God has promised that those who believe in Jesus and are baptised for the forgiveness of sins will be saved (Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38). God has promised His people eternal life (John 10:27-28).
So, what do you really need? What worries, grieves or bothers you? What do you think you is impossible to achieve? Today, my friend, hang on to the promises of God and let me appeal to you to live by faith in Christ so that the promises of God will be yours. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.