TEXT: “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Friends, here we stand the eve of a brand new year. 365 days ago, when we stood on the brink of a new year, we stood in exactly the same place as we do today.
A place of hopes, of dreams, of plans; at the same time, a place of uncertainty; place of not knowing what 2018 would hold in store; uncertainty of the times we are living in.
There are things on a global as well as on a personal front that may be looking very different on New Year’s Day 2019 to what it did on New Year’s Day 2018.
The question, as we enter a new year: is there anything that we can take with us that is secure /certain? Is there anything that will still be constant 365 days from now? What can we hold onto that will hold true under every and any circumstance that comes our way in 2019? What can we be certain of?
There are a few that come to mind, but I’d like to highlight just one. In 2019, you can be certain of God’s promises!
We live in an era of broken promises.
Nations sign important treaties and then break them at will.
Politicians make pre-election promises and then often break them once elected.
Sadly, marriage vows are not always kept in high esteem.
In our relationships with one another, we may not always be able to deliver on what we promise.
This chain of broken promises from various sources, may leave one feeling disillusioned and struggling at times to trust. However, friends, our Heavenly father would have you know today, as you step over the threshold of 2019, that you can take Him at His Word!
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?” (Numbers 23:19)
There are many promises given in God’s Word. Many of them are specifically for and to his children, Israel, or specific to individuals that He dealt with at various points in redemptive history. But there are many promises that relate to each of us as God’s children, as we journey through life, and face the various situations that arise from time to time.
What are some of those promises that we may need reminding of as we step into a new year?
There’s the promise of:
God’s protection— Read 2Thessalonians 3:3
God’s power— Read Isaiah. 41:10
God's provision— Read Philippians 4:19
God’s leading— Read Psalm 23:3
God’s rest— Read Matthew 11:28
God’s forgiveness— Read 1 John 1:9
God’s wise plan - Read Romans 8:28
Of course, there are many more promises that can be mentioned, but Friend, be encouraged to study God’s promises, reflect on them, internalise them, and above all else, hold onto them!
They will not fail because the One Who made them is infallible.
God’s peace, protection and blessing to you and yours in 2019.
Heavenly Father, your name is Faithful,
Immutable, unchanging you remain
I stand upon your Word, as I have before,
New lengths, depths and heights to attain