Standing on God's Promises

Parenting is a funny thing. We have an unspoken code of conduct that naturally forms within us without ever being taught. As smooth as we think we’re being, it doesn’t take long for our children to catch on. Take language, for instance. There are certain words and phrases that we use on a regular basis that mean something different than what they sound like. “Just a minute” means 5-10 minutes, unless we forget. “Just a second” means the same. “I’ll be there soon” means have a seat because it’s going to be a bit. And “maybe” usually means no.

Thankfully, our Heavenly Father doesn’t operate that way. What He promises, He will surely do. There’s no guesswork involved. His Word is good.

For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us. —2 Corinthians 1:19-22 NLT

Can you imagine if God treated us like we sometimes treat our own children? It’s no wonder they often can’t trust what we say. We think we’re softening the truth with platitudes, but it only hurts our relationship with them.

God doesn’t tell us simply what we want to hear. He doesn’t appease us with false promises or possibilities. He does not waver between “yes” and “no.”  If God says He will do it, then He will. We can fully trust God to fulfill what He has promised us, no matter how big or small it is.

JOURNAL: Are you trusting in God’s promises? Do you believe what He says to be true? What is something God has promised you that you are struggling to believe will happen?

ACTIVATION: Start the practice of writing God’s promises down in your journal. Pray over them and lay them at God’s feet. Then document when that promise is fulfilled and give honor and glory to Him. When life gets hard, we often forget the good. In those moments, take time to look back throughout the year at all God has done in your life and be encouraged.

PRAYER: Thank You, God, for saying what you mean and meaning what you say. Thank You for trusting me with the truth. It may not always be what I want to hear, but I’m thankful for it just the same. Thank You for keeping Your promises. I know what You say You will do. Help me to always remember I can fully and wholeheartedly trust in You. Amen
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