Promises

When my husband proposed to me, he could not afford an engagement ring. He felt bad that he could not give me one. However, he promised me that on our tenth wedding anniversary, he would get me my diamond.

Ten years and three kids later, my husband took our two-and-a-half-year-old son and went out to grab a few things he needed. It was a pre-cell phone era. He was late getting home, and I was a little concerned. When he finally arrived home, I went out to the garage to make sure everything was okay. He said he’d been waylaid. He walked over to me and dropped a box in my pocket and then got our son out of his car seat.

I reached into my pocket and pulled out a jeweler’s box. I opened it, and there sparkled a 1/3 karat diamond engagement ring. My mouth dropped open, and I was too stunned to say anything. As he set our son on the ground, he said, “It’s our ten-year anniversary, and I needed to get you your diamond. I wanted to keep my promise to you.”

Just as my husband kept his promise to me, God kept His promise of a son to Abraham. When Abraham was one hundred years old, Sarah gave birth to a son, Isaac. Not only did God honor His promise, He did it in such an unbelievable way. After all, how many humans over eighty years old have babies? Only God could perform such a miracle. I believe He waited until Abraham and Sarah were advanced in age, so there would be no doubt that Isaac’s birth was a “God thing”.

The Bible is full of God’s promises. Even though, those promises are thousands of years old, they are still valid today. Abraham went to God in prayer many times reminding God of His promise for land, prosperity and a son. Sometimes, when we pray His promises, it may seem like it takes forever for God to answer, but He will. God is the same as He was back then. He never changes, and His words are true.

Sometimes, our prayer life gets stagnant. To make it more meaningful and to be more proactive look up some of the promises God makes us in the Bible. Make sure to research both the Old and New Testament. Begin to pray His promises in your life with faith. God is pleased when we pray His Word. By studying His promises, we learn more about who He is, how He feels about us, what we can expect from Him and what is pleasing to Him.

Where can you find some of His Promises? They are peppered throughout the Bible. Some of the more prominent ones are recorded in Deuteronomy, 2 Kings, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews and Revelation. Highlight them as you find them, no matter where they are in the Bible, so you can easily find them. His promises bring us encouragement and show His love for us. Like He kept His promises to Abraham, God will keep His promises to us, too.

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. Deuteronomy 31:8

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