There are perfect promises. We know that a promise is a declaration that something will or will not be done, or given. A human given promise is never perfect, though some may come close. Close is never perfect. When they are given, we hope. We delight in promises kept. We become discouraged and disillusioned when they are not. More often we are disillusioned. Yet, we continue to give promises. We continue to hope promises made will be kept.
Perfect promises; they are kept. Most adults have learned over time not to expect promise keeping from another human. There is a perfect Promise Keeper. His name is God. His Son is Jesus. His Spirit is Holy. He is the three in one Promise Keeper. God perfectly, continuously and eternally keeps His promises; ALL of them.
Perhaps today you have reached the bottom. So many of the promises made to you have not been kept. Your heart is crushed. You see no hope. You trust no one. How could you? All those close to you have failed to keep their promises. You hurt.
Lift up your eyes. Set them on the faithful, everlasting Promise Keeper. God keeps His promises; everyday of your life. A promise that has given me comfort much of my life is found in the book of Philippians chapter 4. These words are God’s promises. In verse 4 we read the word “rejoice.” Really? In all the heartache, and trial? Yes, rejoice! We can rejoice because of the words that follow; “the Lord is at hand.” Take this literally. Look at your hand. God is truly that near-always. Then come the words, “do not be anxious about anything.” Take those words exactly as they are written. Set your worry aside. When it comes again, set it aside. God will strengthen you to do it.
At the end of verse 6 we find these words; in everything with prayer…let your requests be made known to God.” Tell God about the broken promises that have cut your heart open. He wants to heal you. Why? The answer is in the next verse. Verse 7 begins with these words, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding WILL guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” There is nothing to lose when taking God at His word.
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, Philippians 4:5b & 6a