The Bible is filled with God’s promises…from the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants (see Gen 12:2-3 and Deut. 30:15-19), to meeting our needs and helping us in our daily lives here on earth, to the promise of salvation and eternal life through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. One article I read recently said that there were over 3500 Biblical promises. While trying to list and discuss every promise would take considerable time and effort, reviewing what is behind the promises of God so that we might find greater knowledge and understanding, is a somewhat more manageable task.
God does not make casual promises as many people are inclined to do. He stands firm upon His promises and is committed to making sure that each one is fulfilled just as He has declared it. Numbers 23:19 tells us that, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Because we have a Heavenly Father Who is faithful, we can be assured that all His promises will be accomplished. And as we learn in Isaiah 55:10-11, “ For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent: He has a complete understanding of everything, His presence is everywhere all at once, and He is all powerful. He is infinite and sovereign, maintaining power and control of everything at all times. Consider that God spoke the world into existence, as stated in Psalm 33:6, “By the Word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.” And Genesis 1:3 tells us, “And God said, ‘Let there be light: and there was light.’” Our Heavenly Father created the universe and everything within it by speaking it into existence. He can surely keep the promises He makes to us without difficulty.
Moses was reminded of God’s ability to keep His commitments to the Israelites when, in Numbers 11:23, it states: “The LORD answered Moses, ‘Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.’” And Job speaks of God’s abilities during his own period of trials when he said, in Job 42:2, “I know that you can do all things and that no plan of yours can be thwarted.” Despite their personal concerns and fears, God remained faithful to fulfill His promises. Abraham trusted God’s promises to him and as stated in Romans 4:16-22, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Just as Abraham and others put their hope and faith in the promises of God, so should we trust in the Creator to fulfill every promise He has made to us.
In 2 Corinthians 1:19-20, Paul tells us, “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” God’s promises have never failed, and His greatest promise was that of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. All the promises which God has made to us are confirmed, and have been, are being, and will be fulfilled, through His precious Son. Through Jesus, we can receive forgiveness of sins; receive support during trials and tribulations; begin the process of sanctification; and face our future with confidence, knowing that we will obtain our eternal reward when we cross from this life to the next. So, let us place our trust in the One who holds all the power of Heaven and Earth in His hands. And as we continue to stand firm on the promises of God, giving Him all praise and glory through every situation and circumstance, let us remember Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Grace and blessings on your path,