"Does He speak and then not act?" Numbers 23:19
A covenant is a contract, a pledge, a promise. It should not be given or taken lightly. Society is dependent upon its trust in promises and pledges.
In the Bank of England can be seen ashes of bank notes burned in the Chicago Fire. Applying chemicals to the ashes, the bank learned the serial numbers and the value of the notes burned and paid the money to the owners.
If people go to that length to keep their pledge, how much more can God be trusted in His promises! God made many promises to His people in the Old Testament. The most precious were the prophecies concerning the Messiah. From the Garden of Eden down to the days of John the Baptizer, God's people found courage and strength in the hope of a Savior. These Messianic promises were the Gospel in the Old Testament.
God keeps His promises! He has gloriously fulfilled His pledges to send the Savior. On Calvary's cross Jesus was sacrificed for our sins. On Easter morn God raised Him from the dead as promised. Our God does what He says He will do. God's promises should strengthen our faith in God's mercy and goodness.
PRAYER: O God, help us to lean heavily upon Your Word of promise. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
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