The Certainty Of God’s Promises
Read Deuteronomy Chapter 4
Dt 4:29 But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the LORD your God and obey Him. 31 For the LORD your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which He confirmed to them by oath.
I spent several years believing that I was too far gone, too sinful, for the Lord to love. I doubted that I was saved, and I had no clue what to do about it. Worse, I believed that I was hopelessly lost forever, without any remedy. It is a terrible feeling to believe that God and Christ are who they say they are, to know that those who are not saved are doomed eternally, but at the same time to believe he is lost and without hope. That’s how I used to think. As I look back upon those years, I wonder how in the world could I so readily believe part of God’s word and not believe the parts which offered truth and hope for the sinner.
Either the Lord’s words are all true, or we cannot trust any of it. It is silly to believe all the bad pronouncements against sin and unrepentant sinners, and at the same time NOT believe any of the many promises of hope for all who repent and believe. Today’s topic will hopefully dispel anyone’s hopelessness, and lead us to know and believe the good promises from the Lord.
- If you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him. Could that statement be any clearer? It is simply worded, easy to understand, and a firm statement from the pen of someone who had direct, personal contact with the Creator. There is absolutely no reason to believe that this promise is true for someone else, but not for me.
- Our disobedience always leads us to distress and the Lord’s discipline. When that happens to us, we “will return to the LORD your God and obey Him.” If we respond to His disciplines, we have the opportunity and God gives us the ability to return to Him. This is a fact that has been proven over and over in my life. He will not reject the wayward, repentant man or woman.
- The Lord is a merciful God. He is not that harsh slave master who has no feelings for those who are in need. He stands ready to receive any and all who repent and turn back to Him.
- He will not abandon or destroy those who come to Him. For years I stood at the gate of His mercy, frozen in my tracks, believing that I was excluded from going through the gate. The gate was wide open and I found out later that I had been on the right side of the gate all along. I was wrapped up in His grace and mercy. The reason: I had spent all of my life seeking Him. God’s promises were true even when I didn’t think so. It was by His hand that I had come this far in seeking Him. It was by His love that I had not turned against Him and disavowed Him.
- He will not forget His covenant, neither the OT covenant nor the new one established by Jesus. God remains true to His promises without fail. He remains true to His word, every time, all the time.
Ps 146:5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, 6 the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
2Ti 2:13 If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.
Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—2 a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time…..
If there is anyone reading this, who is unsure of his relationship with Christ, please take heart. God will not and cannot reverse His promises. Rest upon the promises of His word.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the surety of Your faithfulness. Thank You that if we seek You, we will find You. You do not hide from anyone who seeks You. To You be all glory and honor, forever and ever, Amen.