August 9, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
He remembered His holy promise given to His servant Abraham. (Psalm 105:42)
A promise is considered a sacred thing. It has been said often and properly that the person who breaks a promise made to a child will lose the child’s trust and confidence. This is also frequently true between adults: all of us expect others to keep the promises they have made to us, and by the same token, we should not make promises we don’t intend to keep.
Our God has gifted us with some wonderful, comforting, and reassuring promises – promises for us to remember in all of our life circumstances, promises we can rely upon. “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). “And this is what He promised us – even eternal life” (1 John 2:25). There are so many, many others. And our God never, no never, goes back on his promises.
What a gift! We, too, have made promises and vows to our God – to love Him, to serve Him, to glorify Him, and to follow Him all the days of our life. In receiving His many promises, we grow daily in ways we often don’t realize –another gift!
Rejoicing in His faithfulness, let us perform our promises to Him and our fellow human beings, asking almighty God to give us the needed steadfastness and strength to carry them out.
Trust in God – He never breaks a promise!
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for all Your wonderful promises to me. Give me the steadfastness and strength to carry out all my promises to You. Amen.
(Taken from “Words of Promise” (out of print), copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)