God Is Faithful To His Promises
April 7, 2017
“Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass” (Joshua 21:45).
Think of the promises God had made to the house of Israel – including those made before Israel existed!
- God promised that Abraham’s descendants would inherit the land of Canaan (Genesis 13:14-17).
- God promised Abraham that He would bring his descendants out of slavery with great possessions (Genesis 15:13-14).
- Hundreds of years later, God promised that He would use Moses to rescue the people from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 3:7-10).
- God promised that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he would not let Israel go, even after Moses conducted miracles (Exodus 4:21).
- Yet God promised eventually Pharaoh would drive the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 6:1).
- God promised that He would not just bring the people out of Egypt, but that He would bring them to Himself (Exodus 6:6-8).
- God promised plague after plague after plague on the Egyptians – and they all came about (Exodus 7 to 10).
- God promised that the firstborn in every house in Egypt would die, but not in the houses of the Israelites (Exodus 11:4-7).
- God promised that the Israelites would walk across the Red Sea on dry land, but the Egyptians would drown (Exodus 14:13-18).
- God promised that He would provide meat and bread to the people in the desert (Exodus 16:11-12).
We could go on and on. God promised direction in their travels, defeat of enemies, parting of yet more waters – and all came about.
The people had doubted and murmured; the enemies had been strong and powerful. But God fulfilled every promise – despite the enemy, despite the people’s lack of faith.
So, what about you? Do you trust God to fulfill His promises? And do you recognize the greatness of those promises? Here are a few on which to meditate:
- Jesus will return with power and great glory (Matthew 24:30).
- He will reign over an eternal Kingdom of righteousness and peace (Isaiah 9:6-7).
- Jesus will destroy Satan and his minions (Revelation 20:10).
- God will complete the good work He has begun in you (Philippians 1:6).
- Indeed, we will be like Him (1 John 3:2).
- God will bring to Himself through faith in Jesus those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation (Revelation 7:9-10).
- Throughout this life, He will watch over you and guide you, and then bring you to Himself forever (Psalm 23:6).
- He will work all things together for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28).
- God will so work that at the Name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord, to God’s glory (Philippians 2:10-11).
- God will wipe every tear from your eyes, having ended death and mourning and crying and pain (Revelation 21:6).
- God will rejoice over us, His people, with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
- By the blood of Jesus, you are declared fully righteous; He will remember your sins no more (Romans 3:21-25, Hebrews 10:11-18).
He has sworn by Himself that this is so – and it is impossible for God to lie! So hold fast to the confession of your hope without wavering (Hebrews 6:13-19); stand firm on His level ground, not sliding down into unbelief (Psalm 26); eagerly anticipate the fulfillment of every promise. For He is the faithful God, who keeps His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands (Deuteronomy 7:9).