Standing on the Promises

The Lord is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.
Psalm 145:13

At times, it can feel as if life is nothing more than a series of disappointments and broken promises. Because we are human and are in relationships with others who are as prone to weakness and sin as we ourselves are, it’s inevitable that the history of any one of us will include broken promises—both those others break and those we break ourselves.

Don’t we spend most of our adult lives looking for a guarantee we can depend on? Whether it’s a major appliance or a marriage, we expect perfect performance or we are disappointed. So we invest in the stocks that promise the greatest return and the people who seem to have the most to offer. Yet in the end, we come to realize that, as Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Even the material possessions we treasure and that give us pleasure can so quickly disappear in a fire or other natural disaster, and none of them will be with us in eternity.

If we’ve been disappointed by the people and things we relied on, could it be because we are putting our trust in the wrong places? God’s Word is full of His promises to us, and He has never broken a single one. It is in Him that we find the only perfect guarantee. In a sense, he’s the friend who never forgets to call, the spouse who remembers every anniversary, and the investment that yields far more than expected. His promises are real, and on them we can rely now and for eternity.

A little book called The Bible Promise Book has enjoyed major success because, unlike many of the books we read, every single word of it is true. That’s because it contains one thousand promises from God’s Word! The Bible Promise Book groups verses by topic so that they are easy to reference in times of need. Arranged in alphabetical order, the 70 topics include everything from Anger, the first entry, to Worship, the last entry. Are you struggling with any aspect of the Christian life? There’s a section for you in this little book.

More importantly however, is that there is another book on which we can all turn which has not only these thousand promises but all the wisdom we need to live a life that honors God. That is, of course, the Holy Bible. Within its pages, we find every promise God has made to His people since the beginning of time. We also find every assurance we need that He has an eternal plan for our lives. For of all His promises, the one we count on the most is that when we believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, we will have eternal life with Him.

With whatever time we have left on earth, let’s spend less time worrying about the promises that are broken and more time focusing on the promises that will never even bend, much less be broken! We won’t be disappointed if we put our hope in God’s promises. We won’t ever have to worry if He was sincere when He said what He said, or if He will change His mind later. When we stand on the promises of God, we are standing on solid ground.

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by Nancey Brummette

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Nancy Parker Brummett first led a Bible study in an assisted living setting in 1999 and she and the Lord developed The Hope of Glory in the years that followed. She also journeyed with her mother and mother-in-law through their adventures in aging, and her academic interest in aging led her to receive the Professional Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. The author of four other books, she now focuses her writing and speaking ministries on her passion for older adults and those who care for them. To learn more about Nancy’s life and work or to subscribe to her blog on aging issues, Take My Hand Again, visit her website.

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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.