As I think about it, promises are only as good as the promise-maker. The strength of a pledge is less in the words spoken and more in the desire, commitment, and ability of the one speaking the words to follow through. It occurs to me that my “hunt” for promises in God’s word is as much about who God is as it is about what He has said. Came across a promise this morning that impacted me more by the One giving the assurance than by the assurance being given.
“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” (2Thessalonians 3:3 ESV)
Ok . . . so I’m “claiming the promise.” God will set fast those who are His . . . He will give them a stability which transcends the circumstance of life . . . He will render constant the mind of those who seek Him. I can be that guy in the lighthouse . . . though the wave envelopes the structure, yet he stands firm, protected from its onslaught.
Protected because God “will guard you.” The Father has said that He would keep watch over His people . . . His Son, the Great Shepherd, has committed to protect His flock . . . that none, who have been graced into the fold, would be lost. Aware that “in this world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33), He has pledged to preserve those who names are written above and to deliver them to a place He has been preparing for them.
Talk about a promise to claim . . . talk about a solid rock to stand firm on! But here’s the real power of the promise . . . here’s the “take it to the bank” factor . . . here’s the blessing within the blessing . . . “the Lord is faithful.”
The power of the promise is in the Promise-Maker. In His ability to “follow through” . . . and to the degree to which He can be trusted to “walk the talk”. And my God is able . . . and my God is faithful!
I can believe the promise because “the Lord is faithful.” He is trustworthy . . . He can be relied upon . . . my confidence can be placed fully in the God who has declared, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). That He is able is beyond dispute . . . but that He is willing . . . that He is committed . . . that He is rock-solid faithful . . . that’s the power of the promise.
“God is faithful, by Whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1Cor. 1:9) . . . “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1Cor. 10:13) . . . . “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.” (1Thess. 5:23-24)
Part of His forever family . . . because He is faithful. Able to stand through every trial and temptation . . . because He is faithful. Being completely conformed into the image of His blessed Son . . . a done deal . . . because He is faithful.
Praise God for His promises. Believe His promises . . . for He is God.