We wish, we pray, for promises that we can count on. We live in a world that promises results, cures, and relationships, yet more people than ever are orchestrating their own death in a state of deep despair, for a lack of promises kept. Dying for lack of hope. Yet each of us have access to a cleft, a keep, promises that are certain and in which we can have unshakable hope.
For every problem in life God has given us a promise. Some of the promises are positive, the assurance of blessing. Some are negative, the guarantee of consequences. But all are binding, for not only is God a promise maker, God is a promise keeper.
In the face of disappointment and discouragement, we can lean on these promises. They are eternally kept.
This weekend we launch our Christmas Series “Unshakable Hope” by looking at Moses’ experience with God on Mt. Sinai in Exodus Chapter 33 and here is what we will discover:
What God says He will do happens – I can depend on Him. From the first chapter of scripture, the bible makes a case for the dependability of God. Nine times we read: “God said”, and without exception when God spoke, something happened. Something wonderful happened. There was light, land, beaches, forests, living creatures, man. God’s word is sure.
What God says will happen and must happen because of who God is.
James 1:17 says that God never changes or casts a shifting shadow. God is Faithful. Hebrews 10:23 says that “God can be trusted to keep his promises. God is strong. He does not overpromise and underdeliver. God is able to do whatever he promises to do. Romans 4:21 “being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” God cannot lie. Hebrews 6:18: “It is impossible for God to lie.” He never exaggerates, manipulates, fibs, or flatters. Titus 1:2: “God…does not lie.”
What was said about God’s faithfulness to Israel in Joshua 21:45 can be said about his faithfulness to us. “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; everyone was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:45)(NIV)
God not only keeps His promises but He longs to keep me in them.
In Matthew Chapter 7, verse 24 Jesus tells the story of two home builders. They had similar supplies and plans. Identical aspirations – both wanted to build a house. But one preferred the cheap and easily attainable land of sand. The other chose the more expensive and durable foundation of stone. What separates the wise from the foolish builder? Both hear God’s word, but only the wise man builds his life upon God’s promises.
Jesus Christ is my Keep, and in Him the many promises of God are “Yes”. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:20-21)(NIV)
The song says “are you weary and broken within”…. Are you tired of broken promises? Are you ready to trade in your disillusionment for Hope, Unshakable hope? , Jesus is calling….. He offers you shelter, a keep, protection. I look forward to sharing this hope with you Saturday at 5:30 and Sunday at 10:30. Come prepared to meet Hope! Dave