It was summer time and as you can guess, when kids are involved you take them to places, drop and pick them to and from a number of activities. One fine afternoon, one of our daughters came to my home office and stood by the door and asked; ‘Mom are you home this weekend?’ I responded and said, yes daughter, I will be home. I turned around and asked her what she wanted me to do for her. She told me that she wanted to go shopping for summer clothes. My mind fixed on what I was working on, I said yes we can do that without much thought.
Here I had made a promise with full contemplation of the cost yet I felt good about the answer to my daughter. By the time the weekend arrived, I had forgotten about my promise to her and when she came to ask me what time we were leaving, my response was, where are we going? She said, mom, remember I talked to you on Monday morning about shopping for summer clothes? I tried to bail myself out by saying I had another commitment but her answer was “but Mom you promised.”
As parents, it’s easy to make promises but we also easily forget to fulfill them. Being human, we often forget our commitment, procrastinate, change our minds or simply get distracted. However, our God does not act this way. Our God is a promise keeping God, He remembers his promises to us. In the book of Genesis, the bible talks how Abraham’s descendants and their foreign land experience. It continues to say that they will be slaves for 400 years after which God would deliver them.
Genesis 15 says, “Then the LORD said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions.” In five days, I had forgotten about my promise to my daughter to take her shopping. In 400 years, God did not for His promise to Abraham. Even when He knew that Abraham was long dead and could not hold him accountable, he still honored his promise. That is the character of the God we serve. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
As children of God who have a personal relationship with Him, we must believe and rely on God’s promises as we go about our daily lives. We must know that the promises of God are true and apply to every situation. We must know the small prints within the promises of God that can be read and understood through magnifying glasses of the Holy Spirit and the constant indwelling of His presence. It’s important to know what kind of claim to submit to the Heavens. When you are sick, God’s promises say He is the Lord that heals you of all your sickness. The Apostle Paul says; “by His stripes, we were healed”, referring to the suffering of Christ that took away all our suffering. It is important to remember that your healing is already provided.
Take the example of property insurance policy for a car, house or boat which is a financial contract between the policy holder and the insurer. The agreement spells out in great detail the terms of the contract and agrees to pay in the event that the person or property insured suffers some type of loss named in the policy. If you don’t have any coverage it doesn’t matter what you say. So, the promises of God are full of details on what is covered, what is not covered, who is covered and who is not covered. We are encouraged to lay claim to the promises of God in our lives. We must be influenced by the word of God daily; we must wake up with a promise on our lips every morning, see new mercies every hour and surrender to rest at night with a His promises in our hearts.
It doesn’t matter what our situations say about us, or our daily encounters; God’s promises covers all. God promises to protect us. In 2nd Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” Do you have a promise from God that you have been waiting for Him to come through for you? Do not give up. God is real, he is not a complicated God. He will answer, he will fulfill his promises to you. You can say to Him “God you promised that you will do this for me. He will always hear and answer all our prayers.
Here is a list of what God’s promises cover when you are in relationship with him. God’s promises are; Dependable – you can totally depend on Him; Reliable – you can rely on him and He never fails; True – He never lies; Faithful – He who has called you is faithful to the end. Visit us at www.vesselforhonor.org. Have a blessed week.