Monday, November 4, 2013

Promises? Promises!

Years ago a firm handshake and a sincere look in the eye meant that “my word is my bond as long as I live.” No questions were asked and no exceptions were included. “If I said it I meant it and I will do it. I will not deny what I said nor offer any excuses if I fail!”

How different it is today. Contracts, warranties and agreements are written with clauses that are vague and difficult to understand and often need the interpretation of an attorney. Word of mouth promises rarely last longer than the time it takes to speak them.

How different it is with God. In Psalm 105 we are reminded of His faithfulness to Israel. If He said it He did it. If He promised something to them there is proof in His Word that He made it happen. All of the promises He made to them have been fulfilled and offer us the assurance that “God is a Man of His Word.” This gives encouragement for today and hope for the future.

Some Biblical scholars who carefully researched “His Word” have discovered that it contains 3,000 promises! And if we look at this fact - that most of His promises have been fulfilled while we wait for others to be fulfilled we can be confident that He will fulfill them.

Here are two great promises for today:

“The Lord is a stronghold in the day of trouble!” So, whenever we can’t handle “things” He certainly can!

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in My name.” What a wonderful, never-ending, open ended promise if we call on Him in faith and trust.

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to take You at Your Word: To claim Your promises and know that You will fulfill them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 105:8a He remembers his covenant forever,

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