Joshua 21:45, NIV
“Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
Some years ago we took two of our small grandsons to the zoo. It was a special zoo, with a conservation programme for endangered species, and the animals were given large enclosures in which to roam. It therefore covered quite a wide area, and there was a miniature train to carry visitors around the extensive compound. As we arrived, the little boys spotted the train and asked if we could go on it. I promised that we would, but that we would walk round first to see some of the animals. Every few minutes my four-year-old grandson would remind me of this promise and ask me if we could go on the train – NOW! Finally, the promise was fulfilled and we boarded the little train. The boys were ecstatic, and I so enjoyed being with them and watching their thrill during the ride. God spoke to me through this, and said, “Now you can understand how much I enjoy fulfilling my promises to you!”
In Revelation 19:11 John describes the rider on a white horse, who is called Faithful and True. He then goes on to say: ‘His name is the Word of God’ (verse 13). This is Jesus, and we can see His character encapsulated in these names. He is the Word; every word that He speaks is true, and He will be faithful to that word.
There are numerous promises in the Bible that are true for every believer. These promises become ours the moment we come to the cross, repenting of our sin and entering into the covenant that God has made with us through the blood of His Son. That covenant is unbreakable and God will always be true to His promises within it.
In addition, He is a Father who deals individually with His children, and He has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives. He therefore speaks to us and makes promises to us individually as well as corporately. He will never break His promises to us, and each one will be fulfilled, just as is written in today’s verse about the promises He made to the people of Israel.
However, we need to hold on to those promises by faith and sometimes we need to pray them in over a period of time. It is not that God is slow in keeping His promises, or that He forgets; it is rather that He often tests our faith while we are waiting. When our grandsons kept reminding me of my promise about the train, it showed me how important it was to them and how much they wanted what was promised. As we hold God’s words before Him, it shows how much we believe and treasure what He has for our lives.
Are there any promises that have yet to be fulfilled in your life? Don’t forget about them – God hasn’t! Show Him that you are in faith for their fulfilment and pray them in.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that You never break Your promises to me. I am so grateful for Your particular promise to me that … (be specific). I am holding on to this promise and believing that it will be fulfilled in Your perfect timing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.