The God of His Word

Does God always keep his promises?

Walking in the midst of our trials, it is often difficult to believe that God will come through for us.  A mother in labor for hours, suffering from birth pains, is overwhelmed by thoughts that the ordeal will never end.  Ah, but when the moment comes – great rejoicing!  And indescribable relief.

Fingernail-biting moments come and go all too frequently in our lives.  They’re never welcomed, are they?  Who likes to suffer through the unknown?  Surely not you or I.  But, more than the unknown, who wants to endure the painstaking process of a trial that slowly picks at our faith and our will to go on?

You’ve been there.  Maybe you’re there now, for the umpteenth time. You may be questioning God, “How will I get through this, Lord?” or “Will you really stand true to your promises?”

“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”  Dwight L. Moody

God’s Promises in the Bible

The Bible is filled with God’s promises.  There are 3,573, to be exact.  They bring us encouragement time after time.  But, when the heat is on, when your heavenly Father leads you down paths of suffering, what happens?  Trembling, fear, doubt, anxiety, a dwindling faith.

“The best praying man is the man who is most believingly familiar with the promises of God. After all, prayer is nothing but taking God’s promises to him, and saying to him, “Do as thou hast said.” Prayer is the promise utilized. A prayer which is not based on a promise has no true foundation.”  C. H. Spurgeon

We must remember that the God who leads us there, will lead us through.  We will come out safely, undefeated, wiser and stronger than before.  The wounds we may have encountered along the way will become the scars that serve to remind us of the journey and of the unwavering faithfulness of God and his promises.

God will always provide for you.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?”  Matthew 5:26 (NIV)

God will never leave you.
“…because God has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

God will forgive you.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  I John 1:9 (NIV)

God will reward you.
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”  Luke 6:35 (NIV)

God will save you.
“Be strong, do not fear; your God will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”  Isaiah 35:4 (NIV)

God will love you.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.”  John 15:9 (NIV)

God will comfort you.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

God will protect you.
“But you are a shield around me, O Lord, my Glorious One, who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3 (NIV)

God will teach you.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)

The list goes on of God’s countless promises.  He is our Covenant God.  His promises can never be broken.  So, make a habit of recounting his assurances.  And vow to trust him until the end.

“Let God’s promises shine on your problems.”  Corrie Ten Boom

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19 thoughts on “The God of His Word

  1. Another great post! Very important topic.

    A note: first reference should be Mt 6:26, not 33:26

    Question: How do we reconcile these promises with:
    [1] The poor Christian beggar in Luke 16, full of sores, who evidently dies in poverty and agony?
    [2] Paul’s suffering hunger, thirst, exposure, beatings, stoning to death, etc?
    [3] John the apostle being boiled in oil, surviving it, and being banished for the rest of his life?
    [4] Children being born with horrible diseases, suffering and dying?
    [5] Christians enduring atrocities such as the Holocaust, the Soviet gulags, etc.

    I agree that God’s promises are precious, and that by these we are partakers of the divine nature. (2Pe 1:4) Yet, I think it is extremely important that we do not let ourselves expect things of God which He has not actually promised to us as individuals, by taking verses out of context or misapplying them. Doing so sets up false hope and tends to destroy our faith when God doesn’t “come through for us.”

    My thought is that we should be focusing more on serving God joyfully whether He “comes through for us” (according to our mistaken expectations) or not, because it isn’t about us. We are living sacrifices, totally devoted to His glory, regardless of the personal cost to ourselves or our families.

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    1. Thanks for pointing out that typo, Tim!

      You bring up a very good point, one that was already stirring in my heart. Probably the topic of a post in the near future. Just a reminder that God’s thoughts and ways are so much higher than ours.

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  2. Here are a few of my thoughts on the topic, which might be of interest.

    Looking forward to what you see on this in your next related post. I may be moved to write more on the topic myself. There is a LOT to explore here.

    I find it interesting that this topic of suffering in light of the love and goodness of God is the one that appears to be the largest stumbling block to those who are not going fully after God. Perhaps it is what Christ meant in the parable of the 4 grounds, about the stony ground. We do well to dig deep here, to be ready to given an answer to those who ask us about the hope within.

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