When somebody you trust promises you something, you have reason to believe them. You might file their words into your memory, hold them to their commitment, or remind them of your expectation. Whether it’s a coffee date or a work-related request, we expect others to follow through on their word.
Whether or not they do is another story, right? But there’s that innate hope and persistent reminder that compels us onward in anticipation. Will they come through? If so, when?
Someone who earns our trust is applaudable indeed. Praise the Lord, we possess a precious collection of His promises, every one of which He has completed or soon will.
Among the countless are a few that speak to me in this season of my life. Maybe you also have clung to one or another at some point in your journey.
For example, I know God is always with me. He strengthens and upholds me, guides and molds me. His love for me is more permanent than the mountains, more firm than the hills. Through Christ, He forgives my every sin and sanctifies me through His Holy Spirit.
God’s promises stand like buttresses in the shifting sands and swirling waters of life. Right now, I am especially comforted by the promise of perfection.
Sin corrupted man’s flawless condition in the Garden. Righteousness fulfilled God’s requirement at Calvary. Not only does God intend for us to be restored, He makes the way for that redemption.
“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
“For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” – Hebrews 10:14
Day after day, from the latest news feed to the inner thoughts of our minds, we are reminded of the brokenness of this world. While we lack perfection in its fullest, we are already declared holy and continually made more so through Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” – Romans 5:1
“And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” – Ephesians 4:11-13
God’s Provision: We can be sure of this, “that He who began a good work in [us] will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Word of the Week: Peace. While the refining process can be strenuous, God encompasses us with His comforting presence. “May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).