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 more questions were required, 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 will I offer any excuses if I fail!”
How different it is today. Contracts, warranties, and agreements are written with clauses that are vague, 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, there is proof in His Word that He made it happen. All of the promises He made have been fulfilled, and provide proof that “God is a Man of His Word.” This should give us courage for today and hope for the future.
Some Biblical scholars who have carefully researched His word have identified 3,000 promises in the Bible! Furthermore, all of them, except one – Christ’s second coming - has been fulfilled. And, we can be confident that He will fulfill that promise at the appointed time. If He said it, He did it – or, we know, will certainly do it!
So, here are two great promises we can claim right now: First “The Lord is a stronghold in the day of trouble!” Whenever we can’t handle difficult things and horrible times, we have His unfailing word that He certainly can! We can claim this promise!
And, second: “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: Thank you Lord for keeping your Word. Help us to claim Your promises and know that You will fulfill them. May we look to You, in faith, and believe! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: He always stands by his promise. Psalm 105:8a
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