Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them... Hosea 14:9 ESV
Have you ever thought about the promises of God? Today, we are bombarded by a culture that says if you name it, you can claim it. The truth is, there is so much more to God’s promises that just using the words of God to make our mere lives on this earth bearable. Verses like Jeremiah 29:11 are consistently taken out of context, and when God doesn’t fulfill our biblical “wishes” as we see fit, we tend to feel as if our “genie” God has betrayed us. So how do we distinguish God’s promises for us? What does it mean to stand on a promise of God?
Are we allowed to personalize God’s promises? Absolutely, but with boundaries. We have to understand that some things such as the prayer of Jabez ( see 1Ch:4:9-10) are not for us, but were given to a particular person at a particular time. The key to understanding and claiming God’s promises is obedience.
Some promises are conditional, which means we must act on obedience. One example is Matthew 6:14 where scripture tells us to forgive others so our heavenly father will forgive us. We are given a command and a consequence. An “if” statement is given to us, and an outcome of obedience is then given. Promises of obedience are promises that we can proclaim.
There are over 8,000 promises in the Bible. Some are principles, but not necessarily guaranteed outcomes. Some are answered prayers for a person, and some are collective. That is why it is important to not only stay in the Word of God, but to prayerfully study it as well. When we study the promises of God, it leads to obedience, and from obedience we see outcome, which builds our faith and brings us closer to our Father in Heaven.
God I thank you for Your word and that I can trust in You. Thank you that I can stand on your promises, and that I can see, through your word that you are just and faithful. Thank you, God, for loving me. In Your name, I pray, Amen.
What verses do you cling to when you think about the promises of God? Take some time this week to study these promises in depth.