One of the reasons I love bible study is that it gives me the chance to learn what God wants me to know about Himself, not what someone else thinks I should know or even who someone imagines God is. From the “Thus says the Lord” declarations in the Old Testament to the “I am” statements of Jesus, God’s references to Himself carry a lot of weight for me. After all, who should know God’s character better than God Himself?
From Genesis to Revelation, one thing becomes increasingly clear. God is a God who not only makes promises, He keeps them. And He wants us to know that.
Promises are lifelines—anchors of hope that see us through the storms of this world. But promises can be very empty if the person who makes the promise or vows the vow is unfaithful. That’s why the psalmist’s words ring with such resonance:
“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.” Psalm 145:13 [emphasis mine]
Maybe that’s why God repeatedly tells His children to REMEMBER . . . remember My faithfulness . . . remember the promises I keep . . . REMEMBER. Because the fulfillment of a promise is usually not immediate. Sometimes we have to wait years.
Abraham waited for his promised son. The Israelites waited for their freedom and the ability to possess the land. David waited for his heir to sit on the eternal throne. All mankind waited for the promised seed. And it is that seed—Jesus—that ultimately proves God is indeed faithful, that He truly will go the distance when it comes to having a relationship with us. Not only will He keep His promise, He will do so even when it means giving His own life or, in the Father’s case, the life of the One He holds most dear.
Our blog theme for the summer is Holding Onto God’s Promises. We all have a verse or verses that have special meaning for us—promises we turn to when life gets confusing, the days get tough, or God feels far, far away. I’ve asked our Equip Her writers to share their verses with us this summer and to tell us ways God has shown Himself to be faithful in their lives. My prayer is that the Equip Her blog will be an oasis of encouragement for you to visit each week.
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