Devotional

“ And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” – 2 Peter 2:4.

Not many things are more comforting than a promise made and kept. And not many things are more hurtful than a promise broken. The Bible is a historical record of the absolute reliability of God’s promises to His people. The Bible reveals the Lord as being utterly dependable and true to His Word…forever faithful to His promises.  

 Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Joshua 21:43-45 adds, “So the Lord gave to Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors,..And the Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had solemnly promised their ancestors… Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.” Joshua reiterates in chapter 23, verse 14: “…Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!”

Psalms 119:140: “Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much.” Then there is Psalm 145:13 which says, “For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations.The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 talks about the faithfulness of God: “God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”   

Romans 4:13:”Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith” And then verse 16 adds, “So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s….”   Romans 4:19-21 says, “…Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” And finally 2 Corinthians 1:20 which says, “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.”

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “yes” in Christ. The Bible’s promises have always been and always will be trustworthy. We can count on them. Don’t allow the times when you are discouraged or experiencing setbacks in your life make you give up on God’s promises for you.  Even if you do not see what God is doing he is active behind the scenes. He is there, He will fulfill His promise. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. We can trust God, no matter how impossible the situation, because God always keeps His promises. Agree or disagree and why? 
  2. If you completely accepted God’s promises, how would that change the way you look at fear?