Standing on the Promises of God

Maybe with all the situations that we’ve already experienced, it has been normal for us to be skeptic and doubtful, or afraid and unsure of what lies ahead. Mainly because we’ve already been disappointed with a lot of things a lot of times before or right now, even.

You might have trusted people, or your own abilities, yet you ended up a failure. You might have been scarred, enough for you to be anxious of what’s to come. Or maybe where you are today will never get into your list of hopes and dreams. And as a result, your trust with God loosened.

I could vouch for that because I’ve been through similar things, too. We end up asking God, just like what we did the last time, but this time, our questions got longer and more specific. Like a curious child would do, we end up with a series of questions.

“O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”

That is Abraham’s question to God just a few moments after God promised him that he will become a great nation (Genesis 15:8).

And sometimes, we’re like that. We want some evidence, we want to be sure that the person who promised us will actually do what he says.

We just want to be sure and rest assured. I get it. We don’t want to end up disappointed again. It hurts. A lot. And that’s normal because we’re human after all.

We don’t know the future. All we had are experiences that may be our basis for our decisions. Well, that’s not really bad at all, isn’t it? Yet let me tell you today something Iearned from church.

Even though we can’t be sure about what’s gonna happen in the future, God is more than a hundred percent sure of it. He is a great God who promises us things beyond ourselves even. And we can be sure that He will keep His promises for us.

He is powerful.

He is always able to do great things. He has parted the waters; waters obey Him! He has made the least to be King. He has healed blind people. He has overcome the grave. What can He not do?

God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Ephesians 3:20 MSG

He has a clean record.

He has never failed. He has kept His promise with Abraham where He has made him into a great nation. He has kept His promise to the Israelite to bring them to the promise land. He has kept His promise to every chosen people in the Bible!

If has kept His promises since the beginning of time, wouldn’t He be able to keep His promise for you this time?

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

He has made a covenant.

In the Bible, whenever two people come up with an agreement, they have to kill animals and they both have to walk through between the halved bodies of the animals as a declaration that they’ll face the same death if they will fail to do their part. (Gen 15:9-21)

In Abraham’s story, God made a covenant with him. But instead of both of them taking the walk for the covenant to be sealed, God alone walked past between the pieces through a smoking fire and a flaming torch.

You see, God is telling him this:

Even when you won’t be faithful, I will remain faithful. You don’t have to walk in between the pieces because even your part, I will do them. I will be the one to work in you so that you could make them.”

And just like Abraham, God has already made a covenant with you and me 2000+ years ago through the life of Jesus. His death on the cross already covered our part in the agreement.

Because of that, we are already His children whom He takes care of. (Read Philippians 4:19 & Jeremiah 29:11)

That promise of a great future ahead will surely come to pass. That promise of a storm-proof life is sure. That eternal life will definitely happen because God has made a covenant in the cross for us.

We can be sure that come what may, God is going to bring us through the trials with joy and gladness in out hearts. He is a God of miracles and breakthroughs. Nothing can fathom. Nothing can come against.

God is powerful, He is faithful, and He is a covenant keeper. Even if we’re not, He is still good.

God is someone who’s promises are something we can stand on.

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