Psalm 119:89, “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven”
1 John 2:25, “This is the promise that He has promised us eternal life”
We’re told over and over again in the Scriptures that God’s promises never fail because He who promised is faithful. This is in stark contrast to the situation in which the United States currently finds itself. We have an epidemic of bankrupt business and credit crises because of a failed financial industry that was built on the gelatinous foundation of men’s promises, not to mention the 17 trillion dollar debt of our Nation, and more importantly a government, which is out of control and spending money that it doesn’t have; who has promised to do something about it! Again, more failed promises!
The resulting monetary quagmire, people have lost their jobs, businesses and the unemployment rate is far more than it should be. Ironically, people have signed contracts to make payments that they can no longer make. Cars are being repossessed and houses are being foreclosed. In the wake of immense financial strain and blame, couples are rescinding their vows they made to one another in marriage and are seeking divorce. Anyone who has lived for a number of years would certainly never lay claim to having kept every promise made. Of course there are many reasons why this is true. Sometimes we forget, sometimes we are negligent, and other times it may be due to circumstances beyond our control.
However, the Biblical promises woven throughout the Old and New Testament are words from our Creator God and are promises without any expiration date. For those who have trusted Christ as Savior of their life, we are accepted by Christ (Revelation 3:20; John 6:37), we have eternal life (John 5:24; 10:28, 1 John 2:25), we are forgiven by God (1 John 1:7-9, Isaiah 1:18), God is faithful to us (Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:10), God comforts us (Psalm 23), God gives us peace of mind (Philippians 4:6, 7), God guides us (Psalm 32:8, 9) and Christ is always with us (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5, 6).
My brethren these are only a few of the numerous promises woven throughout God’s precious Word. We who know and who have put our trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation can be sure that God will keep His Word. Because “He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). The author of Hebrews encouraged believers to boldly “draw near” to God, confident that He has accepted us and our sins have been forgiven (v. 22). And we are to encourage one another to be faithful to Him because we know that He will one day return for us (vv. 24-25). We have a hope that is based on the trustworthy promises of God. Thus, our future is secure because God has always proven Himself to be as good as His Word.
Katelyn’s grandfather was having health problems and hadn’t been himself lately. To cheer him up, Katelyn visited him to recite a Bible passage she had memorized for a speech contest. Grandpa knew that she had won, so he wanted to reward her. Opening his Bible to his favorite passage of Scripture, he put a $10 bill there. When Katelyn arrived, she recited her winning passage, Psalm 119:9-16. Then Grandpa gave Katelyn the Bible, and she opened it to find the hidden gift located at Psalm 119, for you see, they had both chosen the same Scripture passage.
For Katelyn and her grandfather, God’s direction led them to a portion of Scripture of vital importance for both young and old. It details how to stay pure in a world of impurity (Psalm 119:9), something all young people need to do. It also explained the importance of hiding God Eternal Word in our hearts (v. 11), something many older believers depend on as life becomes more difficult as the years go by. The verses also remind us to praise God, value His standards, meditate on Scripture, and to delight in His teachings (vv. 13-16). My brethren, sometimes God surprises us with the way He speaks to us through His Word. He can even use an amazing grandfather-grandchild “coincidence” to put them, and us, face-to-face with some of His most precious promises.
What God has promised in His Word is timeless, because it speaks to every generation, with no expiration date.