The Bible is perfumed with “The Promises of God.” The difference with God’s promises, when compared to man’s, is that God’s promises are sure. Furthermore, we can confidently rely on the promises of God.
When a promise is made, there are two parties involved. There is the one that makes the promise, and then there is the other that receives that promise. We can look at a promise as a contract between these two parties. For the receiver, the assurance of the promise is nested in the one who makes that promise. In other words, a promise is as valid as the one who makes the promise.
As we look at God’s promises to us, we can find comfort in the mere fact that these promises are from our God and Father. There is also great solace in the truth that it is impossible for God to lie. In light of this, we can be confident as we find rest on the promises of God.
The Reliability of God’s Promise
A promise from a fallible man is much less reliable than the promise of the infallible God. This is because God’s promises are made from His most Holy Person. We can also say that the holiness of God gives validity to His promise. In light of this, when God makes a promise it is 100 percent certain to be fulfilled. In its very depth, God binds Himself to His promise.
There is a popular Jamaican saying that goes “A promise is a comfort to a fool.” This phrase is often used when someone makes a promise to another. The same cannot be said about the promises of God. God’s promises are based on an agreement within Himself, and so it becomes as sure as His very existence. As a result of this, we can change this statement and we can say “God’s promises are a comfort to the righteous.”
For the promise of God to fail, then God’s very Person will have to fail. Consider then the failure on our part if we don’t rest on the promises of God. The good news is, we can rest on the premise of His promises, because His promise is transacted within Himself.
The Bible says it like this;
The key takeaway here is that though we might be the receivers of His promises, the surety of God’s promising words is built upon His own solidity.
His promise requires our obedience
When God promised Abraham to bless him along with his descendants, the Bible stated that God swore by Himself that the promise would come through. The only requirement was for Abraham to be obedient.
Here we see that our only requirement to receive God’s promises is to be obedient. A major part of this obedience is our ability to be faithful in our most difficult times.
As God deals with us, we should be good listeners and followers, as to give way for the establishment of His promise in our life. This requires our utmost obedience.
The Promises of God Give Peace of Mind
The promises of God will be the fuel that empowers us to go on. His promises will also give us perfect peace.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in him (God).
As we stand on the promises of God, our hearts will experience His radiant love. His love will shine in our middlemost parts, piercing even our fiercest wounds.
Most times what we worry about is the uncertainty we anticipate, or what fear. Yet, God has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Our most fearsome experiences can be silenced with the fact that “God will never leave us nor forsake us.” When we believe this truth, we get to dine at the table of our Great Jehovah.
Oh How sweet and savoury are the promises of God.
In my own life, I can confidently say that my peace is found within the promises of God. As I walk through my troubled waters, I constantly remind myself, “God is with me, He will never leave me nor forsake me.” As I recite this truth, I also remind myself that there are no conditions set on this promise. This means that as a son of God, even when I mess up and when I can’t find my way, God is with me. This is my peace and I implore you to also make this truth your own.
The Promises of God Grant Us Rest
In light of all the business and constant struggle we face in our modern day, we hardly get the time to rest. Though this is so, rest is one of the most important self care exercises we can practice. God demonstrated the significance of rest to us when He made the Earth in six days, and then He rested on the seventh day.
Sometimes all we need is a little rest. When the body is tired, sooner or later it will start to affect us in our everyday lives. We tend to get irritated easily and become more stressed when we are tired. This is because tiredness breeds pressure on our bodies.
We not only need physical rest, but we also need spirit rest. When we can rest in our spirits, then we will be properly rested.
Jesus knew the importance of this rest, and in Matthew 11 we find Jesus saying to the people ;
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Here Jesus spoke about a rest of the soul, which is what I have termed as ‘spirit rest’. When I remember the promises of my God, this is the rest that I get, spirit rest.
As you go, remember that rest to the soul is like food to the hungry. I therefore implore you “Rest on the promises of God.”
With all this said, let us look at 10 of the most comforting promises of God from the Bible.
10 of the most comforting promises of God
1. Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
2. Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
3. Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
4. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
5 Matthew 11 28-29 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
6. 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
7.John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
8. Mark 11:24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
9 Joshua 1: 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
10 Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
A promise can be something we keep in our hearts to comfort us as we go. For the Believer, the most comforting promises are the promises of God. We must not only have knowledge of these promises, but we must believe and receive them, that our joy may be full.
Set this reminder in your heart, that God is not only a man of many promises, but a Man who keeps all of His promises. May you find the faith to believe all that God has promised, and may His promises comfort you to rest. God bless you.