In the last blog we introduced a look at God’s promises. As we continue, please be encouraged to keep your eyes on God, not merely the promised outcome. Our Christian walk is about our relationship with God. May yours grow as we discover more about Him. I personally testify I’ve found His promises to be true.
God is faithful (Heb. 10:23, Deut. 7:9). God promises that He will complete what He declares. We are often impatient – wanting answers NOW! God has a timetable and reasons for it. We don’t see the whole picture like God does. A delay does not mean He failed; it means it’s not time yet.
God promises to give me a new heart and put a new spirit within me (Ezek. 36:26). Once I believe in Christ as my Savior, I am sealed with the Holy Spirit who then takes up residence within me. He teaches, explains, and reminds me of God’s direction for my life. I grow dead to patterns of sin (John 14:16, 26).
God promises to hear my prayers (Psalms34:15). He does qualify the promise. He will not hear my prayer while I’m sinning (James 5:16; Isa 59:1-2). Neither will he listen while I’m doubting (James 1:6), nor will he hear the prayers of an abusive husband (1 Peter 3:7). As I pray I learn about myself – are my prayers selfish or do they reflect a desire to bring God glory? Be careful what you pray for – you might just get it. Disappointment follows when my plan doesn’t work out. God may intend to give me something much, much better. His ways are higher than my ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Pray His will be done. Be willing to accept God knows best.
God promises me eternal life in Heaven (see how in a previous blog: How to Get to Heaven). I can count on it. As a result I can live differently now. I have hope of an eternity with no more tears or pain. Each day here is one day closer to Heaven. I cannot work my way to Heaven. By His grace God has gifted it (Eph.2:8-9).
Jesus promised not to leave us all alone (John 14:18-20). His followers were beyond amazed when He rose from the grave. After 40 days he ascended and sent the Holy Spirit (see above).
The Bible promises to be enough (2 Tim. 3:16-17). I’ve discovered the Word has answers for every situation and dilemma. That increases my faith that He indeed is enough. His Word accomplishes whatever He desires (Isa. 55:10-11, 8-9).
God has promised to supply my needs (Matt. 6:33; Psa. 34:9 & 10). He’s come through when I’m without resources. He doesn’t promise my wants will be fulfilled. He’s not a genie nor Santa. He’s God – we’re here to serve and glorify Him.
So am I just out of luck? No, God promises me happiness and joy if I obey Him (John 13:17). When I do not sin, I do not get the consequences that steal my joy and happiness. He wants to give me the desires of my heart but my desires have to line up with His will and bring Him glory (Psa. 37:33-4).
Stay tuned – more of God’s promises to come.