When God Makes You A Promise
According to the dictionary, a promise means, among others, “a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen” or “an assurance that one will definitely do, give, or arrange something; undertake or declare that something will happen”.
We make promises all the time and we do not keep most of them. Some promises we make flippantly, some we make with good intentions but other issues of life get in the way of our ability to perform. Everyone has either been a victim of a broken promise or has broken a promise.
Fortunately for us, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19. Heb. 6:17-18 confirm again that God keeps His word and does not lie. Hebrews 10:23 encourages us to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” When God makes you a promise you can take it to the bank. Because He is perfect, faithful, does not change; He is loving, and does not fail. He will fulfill His promises to us because He loves us and for His glory. God’s promises are countless; they are contained in His word. They also come to us though the mouths of His servants the prophets.
In his farewell message to the Israelites Joshua had this to say in his eponymous book chapter 23 and versus 14, “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” A powerful testimony indeed to God faithfulness. We know God’s word does not fail because He watches over His word to perform it, Jeremiah 1:12.
God does not give you a word or a promise and then goes on vacation. He does not give you a word and goes to sleep -for He neither slumbers nor sleeps, He does not give you a word and then forgets about it. Rather He begins to strategize on how to let His promise come true for you in particular. He sets things in motion, moves someone from place A to place B, causes someone to lose his job, or maybe causes your boss to fire you, etc. He moves things along until he reaches His goal of fulfilling His promise for you.
Through God’s promises we learn to trust Him; His promises invoke/kindle faith in us which is the foundation of our Christian living; God’s promises keep us going in hard times as they encourage us stand firm when the going gets tough. It is enough that “no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Cor. 1:20 We can rest, assured that All God’s promises to us His children are secured for us in Christ Jesus.
In order for us to fully appreciate and enjoy the product of the promise God may take us through process as He did with the Israelites as they came to possess the Promised Land. Ex. 23:29-30. They were not matured, ready or equipped to handle the Promised Land all at once so God gave it to them “little by little.”
God’s promise to Abraham and its manifestation is a testimony of the faithfulness of God. He promised Abraham He would make him the father of nations when Abraham was seventy-five years old and had not child. God repeated this promise over the course of twenty-five years and when Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah his wife ninety God fulfilled His promise and gave them a son. Between the promise and the manifestation Abraham doubted, laughed at God skeptically, had a son by his wife’s maid, tried to negotiate a Plan B with God but God still made good on His promise.
Know that there is nothing the devil can do to thwart God’s promise. Will he try it?
Absolutely. Will he sow seeds of doubt in your mind? Of course. Will he show you practical examples/reasons that seem to indicate God cannot or will not fulfill His promises?
Certainly! However, Job 42:2 says “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Ours is to receive God’s promises by faith. According to Paul, that was Abraham’s formula. Romans 4:18-22
Can God deliver on His promises? Yes, He can and yes, He will. Have an assurance that God is faithful, He remains true to His word. It is not in His nature to lie.
Romans 8:32 says “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” God did not go through all this trouble just to kill us, disgrace us or make us a laughing stock. So, when you begin to doubt God, you’re your faith is shaken, when you feel like giving up, remember the cross. Do not look at your circumstances, look at the cross.
God’s promises rest on Him not on you. Just walk before Him faithfully and blameless (Genesis 17:1); keep His commandments; and wait patiently (Hebrews 6:15)