What Is a Promise?
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. —2 Peter 1:2-4
How do you define a promise? I’m not talking about the promises we make to each other that are fragile and unstable like we are. I’m talking about the promises God makes. His promises are the assurance God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work. Read that definition again. God’s promises are precious and very great not just when they become reality, but also in the meantime, while we’re anticipating God to work. When our Heavenly Father tells us He will do something, we can consider it done, even when it hasn’t happened yet. There will be times in your life when knowing this description and the divine promises that lie behind it could be your lifeline.
God’s promises are always powerful, but especially so when we’re having the worst days of our lives. Sooner or later each of us will pass through difficult circumstances where we have nothing but the promises of God. When life is hard, you may be driven to search the Scriptures for promises with trembling hands and a desperate heart. There is nothing like an overwhelming need to make you want some assurances about what is going to happen in an incredibly dark season. You realize you will able to grope your way to the light if you know God has some hope for you that will carry you through to the end.That’s what the promises of God are all about.
When God gives an assurance, He has the power to follow through. He never has to say, “Remember that thing I told you I would do? I ran out of time and couldn’t fit it in my schedule.” He told Isaiah, “Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver?” (Isaiah 50:2). Those are purely rhetorical questions to which the answer is a resounding NO!
Second Peter 1:3-4 tells us “His divine power . . . has granted to us his precious and very great promises.” Then the Apostle tells us why God gives us promises: “that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).God wants us to become increasingly like His Son Jesus, and He uses His promises to help us get there!
Yet the very idea that God commits Himself to do anything is incredible. He doesn’t have to bind Himself to us in any way. He’s God—completely above and beyond us. As part of His creation, we are in no position to hold Him to anything; He owes us nothing.
We must get our minds around this inconceivable assertion: God flat out promises to do some things—for us. In fact, given certain circumstances, He has already told us what He will do! That’s amazing. Throughout this month let’s discover what some of those promises are and depend on themso we can walk by faith while we wait for God to work!
· What promises do you hold on to as you walk by faith?
· Where in your life could you use a promise of God as you wait for Him to work?
Lord, thank You for Your promises—those I know and those I have yet to learn. Thank You for being a promiser, for being the God who keeps Your Word! Thank You that I never have to wonder if You are faithful; I have to open my eyes continuously to see ways I haven’t noticed before in which You are faithful. By Your Spirit remind me of the promises You have given on which I am resting my life today, and my hope for tomorrow and eternity. In Jesus’ name, amen.