Saturday, February 8, 2014

Promises promises

God has made promises to His beloved. And you, my dear, are His beloved.
As His loved, saved, children you have a covenant with God. He has give you His word, made a sacred oath to you that will never be broken. He signed it with the blood of Jesus Christ. He continues to keep His promises, actively working through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The promises of God are too great to number in a simple devotional. The promises begin in Genesis and proceed through every book of the Bible, all the way to Revelation. We have, in the gift of the Bible, a love letter of promises poured out to us by our loving and thoughtful Creator. Not only has He made promises that He will never break, but He has given us a tangible way to hold onto those promises through the scriptures that He inspired and breathed into man in order that they may be poured out for the benefit of the children of God. 
In every promise there is an overwhelming principle: God will never leave. Found in every promise is God's consistent presence. He will never forsake us or abandon us. No matter what our life may look like today or what happened in our past, God will remain faithful and true. The future, unknown to us in many ways, can be known in this one way, that God will be there and will oversee it all. The one promise that is woven into every other is that God will always be there. 
In the darkness of night, be it the physical night or an emotional darkness that takes hold, we have the promise that God has not left us. We may not be able to see Him and we may not acknowledge His presence, but He is still there, forever and always. 
There is no way in which we can escape Him. We can climb the biggest mountain and He will be there. We can dig the deepest of holes and still, He will be there. He did not create us and vanish, leaving us to our own devices. No, He is still here, intimately involved, all-knowing and all-powerful. 
Romans 8:38-39 says, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Nothing on earth. Nothing that we have done or will do. No trial is too big or circumstance too trivial. In all things God will remain true to His promise: He isn't going anywhere. 
In a world of broken promises it is comforting to know that we have One in whom we can always rely. If every other promise made by human hearts is broken we still have our hope rooted in Heaven, in our God on the throne. He has and always will keep His promises. The world will let us down. People will fail us. But God never will. He is forever constant and He will never break His promises. 

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