Promise Keeper: Remember that God Keeps His Promises
Promise keeper, as used here, is a reference to one who does what he/she says he/she is going to do. It is the opposite of being unreliable.
In James 1:12, James has his readers to understand that believers are likely to have some trials that they are called to endure with hope in the promised crown of life. The key idea throughout this series of devotionals is that we should remember that the crown is greater than the enduring of the trials.
In this devotional, let's focus on God being a promise keeper. Look at who made the promise, in our text. It says that God promised. If God has promised then I am satisfied that all will be well. The promises of God are sure. We can count on God to keep His holy word.
If you can count on the sun rising in the east and setting in the west then you can count on God. If you can count on birds flying and fish swimming then you can count on God. If you can put your confidence in the systems and riches of this world then you can count on God. God is a promise keeper.
Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, all of the judges, all of the kings, and all of the prophets would be willing to testify that God keeps His promises. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, and Peter would all testify that God keeps His promises.
Sheroes like Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, and Fannie Lou Hammer would testify that God is a promise keeper. And heroes like Fredderick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would all testify that God keeps His word.
Allow me to call one witness for us. This witness came down through forty and two generations, was born in a manager, made the dead live again, and was crucified for you and for me.
It looked so bad on Friday, when they nailed my Lord and your Savior to that cross. Mean people talked about how, “He saved others but He could not save Himself.” But He said with dying breath, “Father into Thy hands I commend My spirit.”
You know what happened. He did die and stayed dead on Friday and Saturday. But here is the testimony - early Sunday morning, God the Father raised God the Son from the grave.
God may not come when you want Him, but He sure will show up at the right time. We can trust God's promises of golden crowns and blessings for those who obey Him.
On a scale of one to five, with five being high, how would you grade your living like you believe that God keeps His promises? Why?
What are you going to do to improve in this area?
Great and awesome God, the God who keeps His promises, it is to Thee that I pray.
Thank You for being a God who keeps His word. Thank You for having integrity, even when I often fail to do my part. Please forgive me for this and my many other sins.
Help me to live as if I believe that you are a promise keeper. You have promised to bless obedience and punish disobedience. Therefore, help me to live an obedient life, in the name of your Son and my Savior, Jesus, amen.
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