Psalm 12:6, “The words of the LORD are pure words”
1 John 2:25, “This is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life”
You may have had a co-worker say to you, “I need to borrow some money so I can go out for lunch. I’ll pay you back after my next pay check.” However, three months and many hints later, you still don’t have your money back. Or maybe a friend has told you, “Thanks for letting me use your car. I’ll have it back early enough for you to get to church on time tonight.” But you end up waiting and then hurrying into church a half hour late. Or a husband or wife has said, “I promise, dear, we’ll talk about it tonight.” But it never happens, and the issue that is harming the marriage keeps growing bigger. Many people give their world, but we can’t rely on what they say. After we get burned a few times, we begin to feel that we can’t trust anybody. David, who wrote Psalm 12, felt the same way. We don’t know the specific situations that prompted his words, but he felt surrounded by untrustworthy people. He lamented, “Everyone lies”. Everyone, that is, except God. His words are pure and flawless, like silver that has been through a refiner’s fire seven times. We can believe God. His promises stand. He cannot lie.
I read some time ago of a man who lived in northern Michigan who went for a walk in a densely forested area. When darkness began to settle in, he decided it was time to head for home. He was familiar with hiking in the woods and felt he had a keen sense of direction, so he didn’t bother to look at his compass. However, after walking for a long time, he decided he’d better check his compass. He was surprised to see that the compass indicated he was going west, not east as he had thought. But he was so sure of his own sense of direction that he concluded there must be something wrong with the compass. He was about to throw it away in disgust when this thought came to him: My compass has never lied to me yet, maybe I should believe it now. He chose to follow its direction and soon found his way out of the woods and back home.
My brethren, there is One who will never lead us astray. His instructions are always trustworthy. What God promises, He performs. In 1 Kings 8:56, Solomon told the congregation of Israel that not “one word of all His good promise” had failed. If we think so highly of our own judgment that we refuse to rely on God’s Word, we are asking for trouble and will only become more confused. His words have never failed, and they never will. You can count on it! If we truly search the Scriptures we can benefit by discovering and believing God’s promises. The below truths from 1 John will help you:
(1) We must first trust God’s promise to give us eternal life in Jesus (1 John 2:25; 5:1) if we are to experience the benefits of the Lord’s promises to His children.
(2) The goal of His promises to us is to make us like His Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 3:2-3).
(3) God’s Spirit lives within us and help us to understand the promises of His Word 1 John 2:27).
Thus, as we read and study God’s Eternal Word, let’s search for the promises that apply to us. Then as we act on them, they will become precious promises proven.
Take God’s promises to heart, but never take them for granted.