Promises, Promises

By Dr David Jeremiah

For all the promises of God in Him are Yea, and in Him Amen, unto the
glory of God by us.
2 Corinthians 1:20

When people talk about politicians, especially during heated races prior to elections, a frequently heard complaint is that politicians make promises they can’t keep. Politicians can promise change, but only Congress can legislate change. Not keeping a promise one can keep is bad; making a promise one can’t keep may be even worse. But that’s true for all of us, not just politicians. Better not to vow than to vow and not pay, Solomon wrote (Ecclesiastes 5:5).

God is different on both accounts. He is capable of making any promise and keeping it—a reflection of His omnipotence (power). But He is incapable of making a promise and not keeping it—a reflection of His never-changing character. God’s words are always true and always trustworthy (Psalm 19:7-9). When God says something or makes a promise—about forgiveness, eternal life, grace and mercy, His love, His provision for our needs—those words are trustworthy.

That is why the proverb says to trust in the Lord with all your heart. In times of trouble, trust in the promises of God—He will keep every promise He has ever made.

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