“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
I don’t know one single person who’s kept every promise they’ve ever made. I know I haven’t. As much as I want to, sometimes I don’t. People break their promises and we can get accustomed to being disappointed at some level.
How great is our God who keeps all of His promises!
Maybe this is why Jesus says, “But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.” Matthew 5:34-35,37a
Our making an oath, or a promise, in the name of God carries with it a heavy weight. We are saying our promise is backed by God. Then when we fail, it appears He has failed. But there is really no comparison when we consider the promises we make and place them next to His.
God doesn’t lie. God doesn’t change His mind. God doesn’t retract His promises. Some promises are guaranteed; some promises are conditional based on our response. But when God says He will, He means it.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:9
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14
The list goes on.
Why is it so important that we understand the significance of God’s promises and not misrepresent Him in the course of making our own? Because not only are God’s promises great and precious, they have a great purpose. They are the reason we can live transformed lives in His power.
There are people I know who break their promises regularly. The only thing I believe when they say, “I promise”, is that an excuse for breaking it is imminent. Their promises hold no weight, no value and no expectation of trust.
God’s promises on the other hand carry the full weight of His character. They are so valuable that they are considered precious to those who hear them and receive them. God is completely trustworthy so when we walk in and live out a godly life based on what He promises is true, we will operate, think and behave in a way that is contrary to the world and completely in line with His kingdom.
Through His divine power we have everything we need to live a godly life and participate in the divine nature. Because we know Him, we can trust Him. And because we can trust Him, His promises change everything.
Something to Consider…
What promise do you need to hear from God today? That He is your peace, your strength, your refuge? That He gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding? Seek Him and know His promises for you are true.
How is God calling you to move from your old way of thinking or living to His way of thinking and living? What do you need to know is true in order to be able to make the change? Ask Him to show you the truth about what stops you so that you can move forward in His promises.