IDENTIFYING THE PROMISES OF GOD
If you were to do a quick search of the word “promise” in the Bible you would find that, depending on your translation of choice, the actual word does not show up too often. In fact, the highest count of the word “promise” is found in the New Living Translation with 118. Also, when “promise”does make an appearance it is not always in reference to a promise God has made to us, His people. So what does this tell us?
For some people, this could be a discouraging revelation considering our desire to trust, believe and walk in the promises of God. Don’t be discouraged! The truth is that a promise of God does not always come with the word promise attached to it. Rather than skimming the pages of the Bible for the word “promise”, it might be better to look for times when God makes a guarantee. For example:
Matthew 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Jesus offers us multiple guarantees in this verse that we read in all three services this past Sunday. What guarantees does Jesus make to those come to Him and get away with Him? He says:
- You WILL recover your life.
- He WILL show you how to rest.
- You WILL learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
- He WILL NOT lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
- You WILL learn to live freely and lightly.
These sound like some pretty great guarantees. Jesus doesn’t say that He might do these things depending on how feels that day. Jesus doesn’t say that when we get our act together He will do these things. No, what Jesus says is that if you are tired, worn out or burned out all we have to do is come to Him and He WILL do all of these things. Where else are you going to find a guarantee like that? These types of guarantees or promises are all throughout the Bible.
EXAMPLES OF GOD’S PROMISES
“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19
Wisdom and Insight
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19