I have often wondered about the meaning of the word promise. In my mind it meant an oath or that you give your word to do something or to commit to something. The amazing thing is that the word promise comes from the Latin word, promissum which means, to send before or to send forward.
The Bible is full of promises that God has for us. The following 7 promises of God to man has great meaning for me personally and I hope in sharing it with you will have meaning for you as well.
- He has promised to supply every need we have. The Bible says: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. That’s Philippians 4:19. What do you need today?
- God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9) In our weakest moment God is our strength!!!
- God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation. Instead, He assures us that a way of escape will be provided. This promise is recorded in I Corinthians 10:13. Jude wrote: “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present your faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude v 24). Darius, King of the Medes, said to Daniel, “Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee” (Daniel 6:16). He did deliver Daniel from the den of lions.
- God has promised us victory over death. He first resurrected Jesus by way of assuring our resurrection. Peter said: “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses” (Acts 2:32). Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3,4). Later on he adds: “but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:57).
- God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully (Romans 8:28). It may be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished at times, but God has promised it, and He will deliver.
- God has promised that those who believe in Jesus and are baptized for the forgiveness of sins will be saved. (Read Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38).
- God has promised rest! (Psalm 55:22, Matthew 11:28-29) He promises to the weary and burdened, His rest, sustenance, restoration, and even joy!
What does this mean for you and me? That these wonderful promises from The Creator of the Universe have sent His unfailing Word of Promise ahead of us and that we can just step into them.