God’s promises are like the stars: the darker the night the brighter they shine. ~ David Nicholas
“I promise.” Have you ever said that to someone, and sincerely meant it at the time, but life and circumstances changed that promise into disappointment and regret? “I promise I’ll love you forever.” “I promise I’ll wash the car… or take out the trash… or pay back that debt.” People use the word so loosely, that the word ‘promise’ has lost much of its impact.
A promise is defined as a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing. It’s a verbal or written guarantee of performance: a pledge, vow or contract. Yet, so many times, you’ve been disappointed by other people’s ‘promises’. And (if you’re honest), you’ve disappointed others the same way.
The Bible goes to great lengths to explain the power of God’s Word. Why? Because He wanted to give you the assurance or guarantee that He will do what He has says. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips (Ps. 89:34). God places high value and commitment on the Words He O Avivamento de Gales speaks. Psalm 138 says that He magnifies His Word even above His Name! In other words, fulfilling His promise is more important to Him than His reputation.
Actually, the fulfillment of His promises IS His reputation. Jeremiah noted that God is alert and active, watching over [His] Word to perform it (Jer. 1:12 AMP). The Apostle Paul explained that Jesus made himself of no reputation to become more servant than Son (Phil. 2:7), yet every word He spoke manifested itself in blessing, healing, deliverance and abundance.
God’s Word has power – creative power – to successfully fulfill whatever He says. So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Is. 55:11). By speaking Words, God created the heavens and the earth, plus everything on the earth. He upholds all of creation by the Word of His power (Heb. 1:3).
Notice The Word is the power. Words rained manna from the sky and poured water from a rock to fulfill His promise to care for the Israelites in the wilderness. Words raised Lazarus, stopped storms and fed multitudes. Hebrews explains that Words raised Jesus out of the pit of hell and restored life into His beaten body.
Why, then, does God make so many promises in the Bible? Not because he wants something from you, because he wants to give something to you. God’s promises are His pledge of performance. They demonstrate His desire to bless and care for His people. And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant (2 Sam. 7:28).
The Bible says God is Love, and Love gives. It listens, helps, strengthens supports, blesses, edifies, and builds up. Consider the names of Jesus. Comforter, Counselor, Advocate. Love, God, wants the best for you. Love wants you to be your best.
Don’t misunderstand. The ‘IF’s in the Bible are huge. If you hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God… if you keep My commandments… if you walk in love, faith, obedience. But, there’s a reason for those IF’s.
Think about it. His commandments don’t do anything for Him. You can’t do anything for Him either, not really. He is Almighty God! Whatever He wants, He simply speaks and it is. His instructions are designed to keep the Blessing flowing in your direction; they’re for your good.