Have you ever gone through a disappointment as a result of broken promises, or unmet expectations?
It is said of a certain commander that when he was marching to help a friend, his troops faltered:
“It can’t be done!”
His answer was, “It must be done! I have promised to be there – promised, do you hear? You would not have me break my word!”
He would not be hindered, for his promise had been given.
We all admire men and women who keep their promises. Out tendency and proclivity is to trust and confide in people who have a track record of keeping promise!
The truth is that the promise of man is not foolproof…
Even trusted friends can disappoint!
….and I am realizing that sometimes disappointment is a blessing in disguise…
..Because it teaches you to expect little or nothing from man while fully depending on God!
In that case it is not a disappointment anymore…
It’s becomes an appointment with God!
When we come to God, the value of a promise changes…
…and the promise becomes as concrete as the promiser!
That most prominent language that God has used in His conversation with his chosen people has been the language of promise….
If there is a way in which God has dealt with his chosen people…
If there is a language that God has used prominently in the expression of His plan and His will for His children….
If there is a tool that God has used to declare the end from the beginning…
If there is a way in which God has announced destinies and given assurances of what He will do with His people…
… in my opinion….
That language has been the language of promise!!!
There is promise after promise in the word of God……
His dealings with his people have been siting upon the footing of publicly expressed promises!
Promises seem to be everything to God…
When God is announcing what He intends to do with Abraham, he gives a promise…
And the promise to Abraham was that:
“I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee…I will make thy name great and thou shalt be a blessing….and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee, and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed!” Gen 12:1-3
At the time when this promise is given, Abraham is 75 years old…
Fifteen years later, when Abraham is 90, God renews his promise.
Ten years later, at age 100, Abraham and Sarah finally have their son.
“For Sarah conceived and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.” Gen 21:2
It appears as if…
There is an interval of time between the announcement of the promise and the fulfillment of the promise….
A number of characters in the Bible had to wait until the promise came to fruition…
The birthing of children of promise like Isaac, Samuel, John the Baptist…. had to be waited for for long….
It tells you and me, that we have to wait for, and anticipate the fulfillment of every promise that God has given us!
…and I am writing to remind the church that every promise of God will be fulfilled!
In the book of Hebrews Chapter Six, we find a profound reminder on the Reliability of God’s promise.
Notice that the original audience of the letter to the Hebrews were Jewish Christians who were in a state of apostasy (abandonment of a religious belief/principle).
….they were considering turning back to Judaism to escape being persecuted for accepting Christ their savior.
It was not popular for the Jews to follow the carpenter’s son from Nazareth.
The author therefore is exhorting them to persevere in the face of persecution!
The primary theme of the letter to the Hebrews is that Jesus is superior…
The author opens by declaring that God’s full and final revelation to man is in the Son, who is the radiance of God’s glory.
In chapter 1 the writer tells us that Jesus is superior to the angels and by the time we get to chapter 2, he is showing that the domination of the world was given to Christ.
In Chapter 3, Jesus is more worthy than Moses and we are given a warning against unbelief.
In Chapter 4, He becomes our rest and the power of God’s word.
Chapter 5 focuses on The priesthood of Christ!
In Chapter 6 we are given a warning against falling away after which the writer is now going to deal with THE RELIABILITY OF GOD’S PROMISE.
13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”[d] 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
The following are three important truths about the Promise of God:
The promise is made to them that believe and obey God.
“By faith Abraham , when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed, and he went out, not knowing whither he went.By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a starnge country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.” Heb 11:8-9
Clearly, the promise is for those who realize that God is worthy of the reliance of all mankind. The master evidence of an interest in the promise of God is faith in Him.
God loves faith because it honors him and also because it leads to acts of obedience to Him. All promises of our Covenant-Keeping God are ours to have and to hold as our personal possession.
The promise is a free gift!
“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” 2Pet 1:3-4
The promise is firm and sure!
The certainty of the promise sits on the immutability of God’s counsel and on the fact that God cannot lie. Heb 6:17-18
God speaks deliberately. We can depend upon it that His words are sure and will be fulfilled as certainly as they are uttered.
History cannot produce a single proof that the promise-making God has walked back from that which He has spoken.
If we can trust friends and count on their future support….
How much more confidence can we have in the opulent power of God’s great abundance?
Shall the Lord God Almighty fail in His promise?!
He will move heaven and earth rather than fail to keep His Word.
Sooner than His promise should fail, he spared not His own Son – Jesus had to die than His promise be broken!
The faithfulness of the most upright of men is as a vapor, but the faithfulness of God is as a rock!
If we trust in good men we ought infinitely more to trust in the good God. His promise is reliable.
We are bound to rely upon the promises of God.
We all have moments of doubt. Challenging circumstances can wear our faith thin. Uncertainty about the fulfillment of a promise can leave us feeling hopeless. We don’t have to stay stuck in doubt.
We might not know how or when we will see a promise fulfilled, but we can always be confident in the One who gave us our promises.
Let us accept His promises and act upon them.
We ought to treat the promise as in itself the substance of the thing promised.
Let us believe that we have the petitions which we have asked of Him.
Let us regard the promise as a thing so sure and certain that we act upon it!
Let the promises of God take all the pressure out of our situations and enable us to come to a place of rest in God.