Has someone ever made a promise to you? Maybe when you were in elementary school your best friend promised to play a game with you at recess. Or maybe a sibling promised to not tell your parents what you did wrong. Have you ever made a promise? Maybe you promised to get a project done by a certain date. I once promised my little brother that if he hit the ball to the green at his baseball game that I would take him to get a medium twist ice cream cone – sure enough he did!
Promises are something we are all familiar with. But there’s one problem with them, if they are not fulfilled they lead to disappointment, bitterness, and can even ruin our relationships. For example, what would have happened if I didn’t take my brother to get that sweet treat I promised him? Well, let me tell you, I couldn’t take him to get the ice cream until about a week later because I had to wait to get paid, and he gladly reminded me each and every day until it happened. If I would have just ignored the promise I made and never took him to get ice cream, there is a large possibility that he would never believe me again if I told him I was going to get him a treat for doing a good job. It could have broken my trust with him.
This happens to all of us. We can’t always keep the promises we make, and we have to realize that not everyone is going to keep the promises they make to us. That’s why we are told to let our “yes” be “yes” and our “no” be “no” (Matthew 5.37).
Let’s talk about a different kind of promise: the promise of God. This is a different kind of promise because this is a promise that will always be kept, a promise that will always be fulfilled and never forgotten about. We can count on God to fulfill the promises He has given to us. “For all the promises of God find their “yes” in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our “Amen” to God for His glory” (2 Corinthians 1.20).
We have all heard that verse a million times, but do we really know what it means? Murray J. Harris, the author of a commentary on 2 Corinthians in “The Expositors Bible Commentary” states it like this: “Indeed, in and through Him the divine “Yes” has come into effect as a permanent reality, because all God’s promises, whatever their number, find their fulfillment or affirmative in Him”. It is through Christ that we have promises. When we say “yes” and “amen”, we are agreeing and accepting what is being said to us. It is validating what we are hearing. This, in turn, brings glory to God.
The Message Bible puts it as, “Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In Him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting His Yes within us. By His Spirit He has stamped us with His eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what He is destined to complete.”
He has stamped us with His eternal pledge. Isn’t that something to just be in awe about? When God makes a promise to us, He is pledging to us that He will make a promise and that pledge won’t ever fail; it’s just like Him actually fulfilling the promise.
It’s hard, however, in today’s culture to remember this. Sometimes we get to that breaking point and almost want to give up. Sometimes it feels like the promise is just too far away, too long of a wait, or too hard to wait for. It just seems like it would be best to give up and forget about the promises God has made.
Friends, do you remember the Israelites? After they were rescued from Egypt, they were led into the wilderness. In Exodus we learn about their journey and how they wanted to give up. They were without the lavish meals they had access to in Egypt. I bet they just wanted a big juicy steak with mashed potatoes and corn and maybe a glass of their favorite beverage. They complained because they were thirsty and didn’t have food to eat. But God provided for them. They never went hungry. God was leading them into the Promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey. He wasn’t about to just let them parish in the wilderness because He was planning to fulfill His promise to them.
We need to seek God with everything we have. Once we do that, we are able to see more clearly the promises God has placed before us. We need to remember that God is going to fulfill His promises and we don’t need to worry about when or how it will be accomplished. As hard as it may seem at times, we need to keep pushing on and remember what God did for us in the past… let that encourage you by reminding you that He’s able to fulfill what’s yet to come!
We can know that God will fulfill the promises He makes. It doesn’t matter how many there are. It doesn’t matter how hard they are. It doesn’t even matter what they are. Friends, we serve the God of the impossible. He can do anything. We need to stand up in our faith and be courageous for the Lord. It may mean sacrificing something like a big, juicy steak dinner, but when you seek God wholeheartedly, the promises He has made will be fulfilled.
Check out how Caleb journey’s to the long awaited promise in Pastor Aaron’s sermon series: “Joshua: Courage Unleashed! – Wholehearted Devotion”. http://painesvilleag.com/joshua Learn how giving your heart to God without reservation glorifies God. Stand up, claim your promises with “Yes” and “Amen” and seek wholeheartedly after our God of the impossible.
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