The Certainty of God's Promises

By Brad Asbury

Are we able to ensure that God's promises are certain? Often times we feel that we have been neglected or left alone, other times we feel as if the God would ever bring deliverance to our lives. Other days we doubt that God can still "move mountains" with the faith of a mustard seed. The world and the pressures of it cave in on top of us so much that we lose the reality of what we are doing and the promises that God has made to us. The doubt, the loneliness, and the lack of faith are often common instances in the life of the believer.

The people of Israel, in the midst of their exile, were finally given a message of hope from the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah, speaking the words of God, promised to the people that restoration would come about. Even though the streets of Jerusalem had no one in them, God would restore that land and provide for them a hope. He even promised one who would come from the lineage of David and this would provide salvation for Judah. His name would be called "The Lord our Righteousness" (Jeremiah 33:15-16).

Yet, how could the people of Israel be sure that this was true. Yes, the Lord had promised it; but in the midst of exile it would seem as if all was hopeless. God gave the people a great confirmation that His promises would be revealed. We read in Jeremiah 33:20-21, "This is what the Lord says: 'If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, then my covenant with David my servant-and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me-can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne'" (NIV). The promise of God was so sure that God said that the only way to break the covenant was to stop the pattern of day and night.

We understand that we cannot change the coming and going of day and night. We too understand that there is no power on earth that changes the coming of day and night. Even more, there is no activity in the skies that can change the coming of day and night. The only one who has power to change the coming of day and night is Almighty God. And He promised that He would send a "Righteous Branch;" therefore, He will send a Righteous Branch. The righteous Branch was Jesus Christ. His promise was fulfilled.

Let us proclaim with gladness then, "His Love endure forever." In the midst of your trials and uncertainties trust in the steady hand of God. His promises to you are sure, His covenant is enduring; we are what changes consistently, not God. Let us remain steadfast in the hope of the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Be assured that God is with you always, and in this rejoice today.

My wife and I have been married for 3 1/2 years and we have a 2 year old son.
I currently pastor Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. For more information visit:
http://www.chestnutgrovebaptist.com
http://chestnutgrovebaptist.blogspot.com


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