A while ago, during devotional prayer, we were looking at 2 Corinthians 1:20 "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘YES’ in Christ. And so through Him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God." What strikes me now, even as I write this is, ‘... no matter how many...’ How many? Yeah, how many promises has He made? Lots!!! And none will fall to the ground undone, fail to come about or prove to be false. NONE! Amazing, Outstanding!
Some are small, some big and all-encompassing or personal. For example,
If I give a cup of cold water...I’ll get a reward. Matt. 10:42
He will wipe away every tear from your eye. Rev.21:4. That’s a lot of tears.
Salvation to whosoever will. Titus 2:11
Never leave you or forsake you. Heb. 13:5
To Jesus, his Father even gave promises - At your name every knee will bow... and every tongue confess that you are Lord. Phil. 2:10
You will have a bride without spot or wrinkle. Eph. 5:27.
Then I got to thinking, why did God have to make promises in the first place? What did God see in us, know about our human condition that made Him say- I’ll give them promises. He saw our human frailty, the inconstancy of life, the doubt and uncertainties. Our anxious thoughts, fears and ‘does anyone care.’ Maybe He thought: I need to counteract or overcome their distrust, hopelessness and wavering. I’ll give you a promise. And you’ll find the courage to trust again, you’ll find the courage to reach again, to have fortitude and endurance in the wait, to keep hope alive. To bring joy and anticipation into your life. Vision for what can be will settle in your heart, grow and cause hope and purpose to spring up. My promises will keep you believing.
I really believe that in the struggles, He will give us promises to hold onto in our particular situation and in this season of the church. I love the promise of His second coming (Titus 2:13). It is true that He will come again. He is not a man that He should lie, let God be found true and every man a liar. And the promises He made to you- they will come to pass, they will come to pass, they will come to pass. I promise, I promise, I promise.
- Karlotta Sribney, HoPE Staff