“The greatest thing you have to offer is your word, but only if you plan on keeping it.” ~ Anonymous
How good are you at keeping your promises?
I think most of us want to be true to our word. We have good intentions when we make a promise but…
And oh, how that word “but…” can cause problems. It’s hard to trust someone who continually fails to keep their promises. In fact, when it is anything more than an unpreventable exception we begin to believe the promise maker is nothing more than a frequent liar.
One of my favorite phrases in the Bible also begins with the word “but.”
People fail but God always keeps His promises.
God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.Hebrews 6:17–18a
When you and I read those words we can count on them to be the absolute truth. That means you and I can run to Him in confidence with hope.
We who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us.Hebrews 6:18b–20a
Jesus proves that God’s promises are sure and trustworthy. Because of Jesus, the hope we have is certain, secure, and unwavering. Because Jesus fulfilled every prophecy and promise you and I can enter the throne room of God’s grace trusting His promise to receive us in perfect love. We can be open and honest as we run to Him for forgiveness and help in times of need.
Come boldly to the throne of our gracious God where we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.Paraphrase of Hebrews 4:16
So, let’s run to the One who is faithful and true . . . the strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, the One who keeps His promises.
A Prayer of Faith to God Who Always Keeps His Promises
Father, thank you for making it possible for me to know and trust You. Your first recorded promise quickly followed the first sin. (Genesis 3:15) You promised a Savior and You sent Jesus. (Isaiah 62:11) You promised that Your love never fails. (Isaiah 54:10) You promised that You will fight for Your children. (Deuteronomy 20:4) You promised that You will give wisdom to those who ask. (James 1:5)
You promise to forgive those who ask. (1 John 1:9) You promise that Your Spirit will never leave those who place their trust in You. (John 14:16) You promise to meet all my needs. (Philippians 4:19) Jesus promised that He is preparing a place for me in heaven. (John 14:2) And that He will come again to get me when all is ready. (John 14:3)
You are faithful to keep all Your promises. As You have kept them in the past, You will keep them in the future. Your Word says that if I don’t believe Your promises about Jesus, I am calling You a liar. (1 John 5:10) It also says that it is impossible for you to lie. (Hebrews 6:18)
Please help me center my heart and mind on Your truth. Forgive me for giving in to temptations that cause me to doubt Your love. For it is when I doubt, that I give in to my sinful human nature. I am so sorry. I run to You for forgiveness and ask that You will cover me with Your mercy and grace and fill me with Your Spirit.
Please give me a heart that SEEKs You above all else. I want to know and trust Your promises and love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength because it is when I love You completely that I am able to love others as You desire. I give myself to You, please help me live in faith as You desire. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
I love to have a list of God’s promises close when I feel weak and need encouragement. Here are a couple of my lists:
On today’s note write:
Thank You, Lord God, for always keeping Your promises.
May God bless you today as you place your hope in Him and trust His promises.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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