Word of the Week: Promise.

Have you ever had someone make a promise to you that they couldn’t keep? Have you ever broken a promise? As finite people, breaking promises is inevitable, and it’s a part of life. But having a promise broken can sometimes feel excruciating. I know I’ve been there, especially when it comes to friendships. Broken promises can lead to broken friendships, and I’ve learned that, that kind of brokenness can be the worst kind. It’s the fighting and not receiving it in return. It’s the constant battle of wondering if the person on the other side will keep their end of the bargain. But sometimes that just doesn’t happen, and the promise gets broken and the relationship fades, as if it was never supposed to exist anyway.

I’ve had my fair share of promises being broken in my life, but, as they always say, life does go on. It’s easy to focus so much on the promises broken in your life that you don’t remember the promises kept. You don’t remember who the promise keeper is. I know I don’t. But the reality is that we do have the one who has always kept his promises and he always will. His promises are the anecdote to despair. He is faithful when we feel like everyone around us has broken a promise they promised to keep.

God is the only one who can and will keep his promises to us at all times. When we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders or aren’t sure when the next person isn’t going to fail us, we must look to the promises of God because His Word is a solid foundation that will never crumble. I can’t tell you how many promises God has made in the Bible, but I do know there are a lot.

Has anxiety and fear crawled into our lives about elections? Family? Friends? A job? I know it has for me. When we fall into the pit of anxiety, we have to remember that Jesus said in Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Has a close friend broken a promise that inevitably led to trust issues? God promises us that we can trust Him because He is an everlasting rock (Isaiah 26:3-4. He promises us that He is a deliverer (Psalm 18:2). God is our promise keeper, and of that I am certain.

He promised the Israelites they would inherit the land of milk and honey. He promised them that He would provide while they were in the wilderness. God promised Abraham that all nations would be blessed and that His name would be great. God doesn’t break promises. He doesn’t walk away from us when it gets too hard. The truth is, God is the one promise keeper that we can trust and know that He will never fail us. The more we focus not on ourselves but on the promises of God, the more we realize the waves of His mercy, the more stunning He becomes, and the more we stand in awe of our wonderful Savior. His promises are rich and He will never fail to fulfill them.

If we have lost the ability to focus solely on the promises of God, it’s likely because we have been thinking too much on ourselves and not enough on God. We haven’t let ourselves be lost in the depth of the wisdom and knowledge of who He is. We are prone to wander, and we are prone to sink. We are prone to focus on the crimes down to us rather than what God promises for us. Our God is a promise keeper.

He promises us that He is good:

Psalm 145:9 – “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made”

Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him”

Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him”

He promises us that he is always with us:

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”

Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze”

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me”

He promises us that he will provide for us:

Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us”

Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me”

He promises us of eternal life and glory:

2 Peter 1:10-11 “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”

John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

There are so many other promises of God throughout all of Scripture. This week, I encourage you to dive into the Word and write down the promises of God that you discover in your study. Focus on who He is this week. Draw near to Him. He promises to draw near to you.

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