Well when I began looking at the promises of God to reflect on, My intentions were to share a few here for encouragement. However, as I began digging into His Word, and searching other resources for my own studies and to share, I began to realize there is more than what meets the human eye here.
I will share some of the things I learned while digging deeper. If I forget to cite a resource, I’m so sorry, I’ve looked at a lot.
God’s promises reveal his purpose for us, and to us, and he’s made some very precious ones. These are unchanging and which we can depend on. But, they are conditional based on obedience and activated by faith.
First, What is a promise?
According to Wikipedia a promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something. As a noun promise means a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something. As a verb, it means to commit oneself by a promise to do or give. It can also mean a capacity for good, similar to a value that is to be realized in the near future.
Then using Bible Gateway, I see God’s promises include guidance, peace, faithfulness, irrevocable promises, God’s promises through the covenant relationship i.e. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, The Israelites, and David. There are God’s promises in Christ, God’s promises must be received by believers, Particular promises in Christ i.e. The gift of the Holy Spirit, resurrection, the forgiveness of sins.
More gracious promises our Lord made for us like Promises about, his goodness Psalm 145:9, Psalm 100:5, James 1:17. Promises about being with us, Isaiah 40:31, Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:9. Provision 2 Corinthians 9:8, Romans 8:32. Rest Matthew 11:28-30. Answering prayers. James 1:5, Mark 11:24, Psalm 37:4, John 15:7
Now, God’s promises Go deeper in our walk and our studies of digging deeper. Let’s keep going. According to Author Victor Knowles, an Author by the name of Herbert Lockyer, wrote a volume titled All the Promises of the Bible, he tells the story of Evert R. Storm, a Canadian school teacher who made an all conclusive study of God’s Promises.
At this time it was Storm’s twenty-seventh reading of the Bible, it took him a year and a half. But Storms came up with a total of 8,810 promises ( 7,487 of these were made by God to humankind). Knowles, V. (1998, 01 01). Promises and Fulfillment: Believing the Promises of God. Leaven, 6(3), 6.
Now onto reflecting on some of God’s promises, Here are just a few
“not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed”.Joshua 23:14 NIV
“And this is what he promised us—eternal life.”1 John 2:25 NIV
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”Ezekiel 36:26 NIV
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19 NIV
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”Psalm 136:1 NIV
“Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”Isaiah 49:13 NIV
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”Hebrews 13:5 NIV
* This post was originally published on November 1, 2020