Promises of God
A week and a half ago, I had the privilege of preaching on having “Faith Amidst Confusion”. God’s Word challenges us to trust God and believe his promises, even when, and especially when, life’s circumstances are difficult. So what exactly are the promises that God makes to us? I was asked to compile a list and share it with the Body. This list is not comprehensive nor did I do the work to compile them. In fact, they come from a great website that helps to answer the difficult questions that often cause us to scratch our heads and sometimes can lead to doubt. I’d encourage you to check it out, as I’ve found it to be biblical and trustworthy. It’s called gotquestions.org.
As you read through the following list of promises, pause for reflection after each one. Thank God for that promise that you can count on. Ask Him to remind you of it now, and throughout 2016. Blessings!!
Pastor Matt Daniells
- God promised that if we search for Him we will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). He is not playing hard-to-get.
- Our God is near us whenever we pray to him” (Deuteronomy 4:7).
- God promised blessing for all who will delight themselves in His Word (Psalm 1:1–3). Simple faith has its rewards.
- God promised salvation to all who believe in His Son (Romans 1:16–17). There is no greater blessing than the free gift of God’s salvation.
- God promised that all things will work out for good for His children (Romans 8:28). This is the broader picture that keeps us from being dismayed by present circumstances.
- God promised comfort in our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). He has a plan, and one day we will be able to share the comfort we receive.
- God promised new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Salvation is the beginning of a brand-new existence.
- God promised every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Whereas, in the Old Testament, Israel had the promise of physical blessing, the church today has been promised spiritual blessings “in the heavenly realms.” Our inheritance is reserved for us (1 Peter 1:4).
- God promised to finish the work He started in us (Philippians 1:6). God does nothing in half measures. He started the work in us, and He will be sure to complete it.
- God promised peace when we pray (Philippians 4:6–7). His peace is protection. It will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.”
- Jesus promised rest (Matthew 11:28–30). Burdens are lifted at Calvary.
- Jesus promised abundant life to those who follow Him (John 10:10). Following Jesus brings us more spiritual fulfillment than we could have anticipated. We leave boring behind.
- Jesus promised eternal life to those who trust Him (John 4:14). The Good Shepherd also promised to hold us securely: “No one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
- Jesus promised His disciples power from on high (Acts 1:8). In this power, they “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6, ESV).
- Jesus promised that He will return for us (John 14:2–3). From then on, we will be with Him always.
There are many more promises of God that could be listed. All of them find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, “the radiance of God’s glory” (Hebrews 1:3). “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20).