God Keeps God's Promises
We serve an awesome God. God is so awesome that God spoke a word and the world came into existence. God is so awesome that, through Jesus, became the Word and dwelt among us. God is so awesome that when Jesus said, on the cross, "It is finished.", we were given a Savior and Lord for eternity to give us salvation from our sins, help us to fulfill our salvation, and to welcome us into eternity with God because of salvation. Now, that last part is the ultimate promise, eternity, is the final realization of the awesomeness of God.
And, that ultimate promise is the one unknown for us on this side of glory.
For all that God has promised and fulfilled to prove to us that God is truly an awesome God, sometimes we still have doubt about that last, ultimate promise, eternity with God in Heaven, in the new Heaven and the new Earth.
And, that doubt can be manifested in lives that can often fall short of what God calls us to do. And, what does God call us to do? To love.
We are supposed to love God. We are supposed to love ourselves. We are supposed to love others.
But, sometimes, by our actions, we do not look like those who love God, let alone ourselves or others.
We can sometimes be more negative than positive, more destructive than constructive, more limiting than imaginative, more helpless than helpful, more fearful than fearless, more faithless than faithful, more hopeless than hopeful.
Perhaps we sometimes forget that God keeps God's promises.
And, when do we get the most forgetful? We get most forgetful when the storms of life start raging, the clouds roll in, the rain starts to fall, fog clouds our way, fear begins to overwhelm our faith, and we forget that God keeps God's promises.
One time, and one time only, God allowed the storms of life to rage, the clouds to roll in, the rain to start to fall, fog clouding the way, fear revealing the need for great faith as God flooded the world with waters that overwhelmed life on Earth except for a faithful few, Noah and his family and a remnant of the animal kingdom.
And, after this destructive demonstration of God's power, God made a promise that God would never, ever do that again.
Floods would never overwhelm God's creation, God's people.
In Genesis 9:18, God said, "This is the sign (a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day) that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."
And, God has kept God's promise.
God promised that God would control the floods in the world and, beloved, God will control the floods in your life.
Do you trust in God in that way? If so, praise God. If not, why not? Which promise has God ever made to you that God has not kept? If God has kept God's promises to you, should you not trust in God by doing what God asks you to do?
Stop looking at people, places, and things and making excuses for not doing what God desires for you to do because of people, places, and things, those in the creative order.
Instead, look to God, our creator, always despite people, places, and things and obey God, our creator, who has made great promises to you.
Read your Bible. Read your BIBLE. Read YOUR BIBLE. READ YOUR BIBLE.
In case you missed it, read your Bible and learn about all of the wonderful promises that God, not people, places, and things, has made to you. And, remember, God keeps God's promises. Sometimes, people, places and things do not.
Beloved, in your Bible, the word of God tells you to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). God has promised something for you in that. We will be gathering for Noonday Prayer today for prayer.
Beloved, in your Bible, the word of God tells you to not to forsake gathering with the believers (Hebrews 10:25). God has promised something for you in that. We will be gathering for the sermonic message at 3pm on The Light radio station and internet broadcast as well as for Sunday morning worship service (in person worship, if you can make it, is really special).
Beloved, in your Bible, the word of God tells you to study to show yourself approved (2 Timothy 2:15). God has promised something for you in that. We will be gathering this evening for HOPE Wednesday at 6:30pm and for Sunday School on Sunday evening at 6pm.
Beloved, perhaps it is time for you to stop doing so much talking to yourself and other people and spend some time reading and listening to the word of God so that you can learn of, expect, and live into God's promises because God keeps God's promises.
And, as you learn of God's promises, remember, God loves you and I love you too!