Webster defines the word promise as a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified; a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act or something that is promised. Whether you are a politician, corporate executive, professor, doctor, mayor, supervisor, garbage collector, teacher, student or child, we all have difficulty following through on the promises we make. Prior to every election date every political campaign seems to be the same, with promises and cliché that pollute the air. Each candidate tries to out-promise the other, and after every election, the results are predictably the same. Some promises are quickly broken because the candidate never intended to fulfill them. Other promises, while well intentioned, were beyond the candidate’s power and ability to fulfill.
Maybe an unforeseen string of events or new information changed the politician’s mind about the wisdom of his original statement. Special-interest groups may exert pressure, making sure they get what was promised, while less influential people seem to get lost in the crowd. Let’s talk about the promises God gives to us, which are recorded in His precious Word? Do you believe them to be God’s promises, and not merely printed words on a piece of paper, or simply the guesses of fallible humans? Because they are the promises from God, you can cling to them with the utmost assurance that what He says will most certainly be accomplished. He has all the power and wisdom in the universe at His disposal, and He will never have to make an excuse for failing to fulfill what He has promised. God’s promises give us assurance and are woven throughout the Old and New Testament, such as:
(1) God gives us in His Eternal Word the assurance of His power, for it speaks of God’s omnipotence, meaning He is all-powerful and is capable of doing anything He chooses to do. God’s power is demonstrated in Genesis, Chapter 1, wherein He spoke into existence the universe, created man in His own image, and breathe into him the breath of life. What awesome power! What a wonderful and faithful God we have who gives us the assurance in His promises and in His power, through His written Word.
(2) And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life (1 John 2:25) and if you walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments . . . then I will lengthen your days (1 Kings 3:14). Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you (Psalm 55:22). God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, and I will never leave you nor forsake you (1 Corinthians 10:13).
(3) Jesus said in, John 6:37, All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. Even when we were lost, estranged from God and blinded by Satan, God made a plan to save us, and His plan cannot fail, and we are secure in Him.
(4) In John 6:40, the Lord continued, this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. Everyone who has trusted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior is guaranteed a resurrection to life with Christ.
(5) God, our Creator, made unconditional promises to Israel through the covenant with Abraham, and He has also made unconditional promises to every believer in Jesus Christ. If we trust those promises by faith, we will have the confidence we need to live for Him and to serve Him effectively. Assurance is a matter of faith, not feeling. Since God’s Word teaches that every believer is secure, we are, and you can bank on it. The work of our Father, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit combines to guarantee our salvation. Maybe today you doubt God’s promises. If so, you shouldn’t.
(6) The scriptures teach in John 10:28-29, “and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. John 11:25-26, Jesus said unto her (Martha), I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
In a world where we can’t always depend on promises or guarantees, either from companies or individuals, there is one promise we can trust. Throughout Scripture we find the Lord’s pledge to be with His people. In Deuteronomy 31:8 we read Moses’ assuring words to Joshua, “The LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you”. My friend this promise is repeated in the New Testament: “He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6). The promise of God’s unfailing presence with us is the key to living with confidence and contentment. No matter how many promises are broken by people, God’s promises will last through all time and eternity. Because He is eternal, He can give us an eternal guarantee. Maybe you are being tested today? If so, remember there are many promises in the Bible, God’s treasure chest. Generations have proven them true, and so can you. I’m mindful of the song “Standing on the Promises” … stanza 2 says this …Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living word of God I shall prevail, Standing on the promises of God.
Every promise of God comes with an eternal guarantee.