“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV
The New Year is here and with it the hope and promise of God. This provides for us a sense of certainty in these uncertain times. Of course, we all make promises, sometimes calling them “resolutions.” I don’t know about you, but I have kept some and fallen woefully short on others. For example, even as I write I am sipping on a Diet Coke when I resolved last year to stop drinking dark colored sodas.
However, God keeps all His promises. Sometimes by saying “Yes!” and sometimes by saying “No” or just “Wait…” You see, even the “No” we receive today is only to provide a great big “YES!” for tomorrow. His promise to always protect and provide His children is fulfilled, not by depriving us of anything truly lasting and good, but by keeping us from settling for less than His best. What feels like an unanswered prayer, a “hurry up and wait” or even a “No!” is really the promise of God working out for our good and His glory.
What promises from God’s Word are you clinging to as the old year passes and 2015 begins? List 2-3 of those you will be counting on. Then, if you haven’t already, take the time to prioritize your own goals knowing that the promises of God will serve to fuel the faith needed to see them met and exceeded. Print out the 2015 Simple Goal Guide provided here… SimpleGoalGuide
When it comes to the promises of God, this you can be sure of, “…they are “Yes” in Christ!” And you can say “Amen!” as day by day His promises are fulfilled in and through your life. The words of one of my favorite hymns reminds me, “Standing on the promises I cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail. By the living Word of God I shall prevail. Standing on the promises of God!” (Russel K Carter, 1849-1926)
Trust in the One who will keep His Word. He is Jesus, and His promises are “Yes!” in 2015.