God’s Promises

Karen Bables

READ : Psalm 119:41-56

The Promise: God is not a human being, that he should lie, or a mortal, that he should change his mind. Has he promised, and will he not do it? Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? (Num. 23:19 NRSV)

What is a promise? An assurance, a pledge, a vow, a commitment, a covenant. When we promise, we are saying that we will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen. A promise gives us hope of something or leads us to expect something.

The Scriptures are full of the promises of God; we repeatedly read that God has done or will do what he promised. God promised a land to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; a child to Sarah; release from slavery to Moses; love and protection to the psalmist; restoration to the remnant in exile; the gift of the Spirit to the disciples.

A promise is a two-way street. To be effective it requires one person promising and another person trusting his or her word. Sometimes when we don’t get what we want, we assume that God has broken his word. When my mother learned that her husband, a chaplain in World War II, was buried in a cemetery in France and not coming home, she lost her trust and made a promise of her own. She said, “I will never say, ‘Thy will be done’ again.” I believe she kept that promise.

Join me as we look at few of God’s promises and examine our issues of trust in them.


Thank you for all your promises. Help me to trust their truth.