"As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises..."
(2 Peter 1:3-4)
What is a promise? According to James MacDonald in his book Always True,' a promise is the assurance God gives His people so that they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work'.
The waiting is hard. But thankfully our God has given us many promises in His Word that we can cling to and stand on and get assurance from during that difficult time. His promises are true. We can cherish them and we can believe them and we can hold fast to them as we wait for God to bring them to fruition in our lives. God's Word is always true.
We know His Word is true because we have experienced it. We have tasted His goodness. We have seen His mercy and grace in our lives time and time again. We can hold tight to His precious promises because we know the Promise Maker and we know that He is Truth. Over and over in His Word, we see evidences of His promises holding fast to those He gave them too. We, too, can have those same assurances.
The more we seek Him, the more we will find Him. The more we find Him the more we will love Him. As we fall deeper and deeper in love with our Savior, the more we will dig deep into His Word. As we dig deep, we will discover promise after promise and we will be able to receive them and make them our own as our faith grows.
"Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God"
God's Word is real. It is imperative that we read it and study it so we can know it. And once we know His Word, we can begin to stand on those promises and begin to experience His power. We can trust His sovereignty. We can lean on His authority. We can take our Lord at His Word. He is a promiser by nature and He keeps all of His promises. Praise you, Lord.
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is
for us, who can be against us?"
He is our Defender and our Helper.
"I will never leave you nor forsake you"
"Stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD...
The LORD will fight for you, and you have
only to be silent"
Our faith walk will only grow stronger as our faith is tested. Our relationship with Jesus will only get more intimate the more we seek to know Him. Our seeking sometimes is most evident in our times of testing. God uses those times to teach us and to grow us and to make us like Him.
Several things we can know. Our God is faithful. His promises are true. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will fight for us.
As we wait for God to work in our lives, we can walk hand-in-hand with the Promise Maker and the Promise Keeper. If our God is for us, indeed, who can be against us...