Hope and Promises

Have you been promised something that you never received? Were you disappointed when the promise was broken? Have you made a promise you cannot fulfill? Were you ashamed you could not deliver it?

We often make promises with the full intention of fulfilling them. But sometimes an interruption occurs that prohibits us from fulfilling a promise. Broken promises affect both the one who made the promise and the one to whom the promise was made.

Promises are viewed with nearly the same importance as a contract. In some cases, a promise is equivalent to a contract. I can remember being told as a child to honor your word. In other words, keep your promises. A person gains trust by keeping their promises.

There are promises we can count on. Those promises are made by God. He made promises in the Old Testament that were fulfilled. Some fulfilled as God led the Israelites out of captivity. Others were fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus made promises during His ministry that we can read in the New Testament. Some of those promises are yet to be fulfilled, but we can count on them in the same way the Israelites did with God’s previous promises.

Knowing God has and will fulfill his promises puts confidence in our hope. What is our hope? It is the promise that God will execute justice and we will spend eternity with him. Our hope is not a foolish hope but is based on the promises of God—promises we can count on.

I pray we all hold onto our hope in God. I pray we know that God fulfills his promises. I pray each one of us know God’s promises and they strengthen our hope in him. Know God’s promises. Trust God’s promises. God fulfills his promises. Strengthen your hope. Hold onto your hope.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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