Some weeks back I ordered some signs for a church event. The sign company promised to have the signs delivered by a certain date. Three days before the delivery date I received an email from the sign company informing me that the company would not meet the original delivery date, and my signs would arrive late. A promise broken.
No doubt you have been burned by someone who broke a promise made to you. It happens too often today, doesn’t it?
You have Someone who never will break a promise He has made—our loving Heavenly Father. And that’s what I want to write about for the next 3 blog posts.
What is a promise from God? you might be thinking. Throughout the pages of the Bible, God pledges that He will do a particular thing. These are not flippant, casual promises like we sometimes make. The promises of God are rock-solid commitments made by God Himself. You can count on these Bible promises because God is trustworthy and faithful. He always keeps His word. In this, and upcoming Hope Discovered posts, I want to share 9 of my favorite Bible promises.
I’m thinking this one is my go-to promise from God. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God.” Note that this promise does not say that everything is good. Nor does this promise say that things have a way of working out. Life can throw some nasty stuff at you. But God’s promise to you is that no matter what comes your way, He will take that situation and work it out for your good, and His glory.
Many of the things that happen in your life make no sense when seen in isolation. But God works in these situations to produce something good in your life. A divine synergy, even in the darkest moments, produces something positive and good.
This powerful Bible verse gives a comforting promise to anyone whose heart has been broken. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” The word close in the verse shows God making the first move. He draws near to us when our hearts are broken. We don’t have to wonder if He is aware of what we are going through. We don’t have to beg Him for His help. He really does give us His full attention. He approaches us, and joins us in our pain.
Psalm 34:18 continues: “And saves those who are crushed in spirit.” The word crushed in the verse pictures someone who is beaten down, crushed like powder. You might be thinking, Yep, that’s what a broken heart feels like.
This promise teaches us that when we feel this way God is there to “save” us. This isn’t the saving like Jesus dying on the cross to pay for our sins. Rather the word save here carries the idea of avenging us, defending us, what I call, God giving us the victory. God keeps us going, even through broken-heart experiences.
“God will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Do you have a need in your life? Money? Problems to be solved? A relationship to be mended? God promises that, if we trust Him, He will meet our needs.
I could not count the number of times in our almost 50 years of marriage that Linda and I have laid across the bed in times of need and claimed this promise from God.
And you know something? He never has failed to meet our needs. He promises to meet your needs too. Our source of supply is not American Express or MasterCard. It’s the Lord alone.
Why do we find God’s promises in the pages of the Bible. The Scriptures tells us plainly. “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled” (Romans 15:4).
When you believe God’s promises found in the Scriptures you have hope. Trust His promises, and you never will be without hope.