Today is our wedding anniversary! Twenty-six years ago I said “I do” to this man, and agreed to follow whatever adventure God had planned for our lives together.
We had NO IDEA what the future held, but we knew that we would face it together. Good and bad, thick and thin, highs and lows, we had promised each other our lives.
Just look at the excitement beaming from those young faces, ready to take on the world together!
And here we are, still on the same team. Our promise has stood the test of time, but for you veteran couples we’ve only just begun!
If we as simple human beings can keep our promise to one another no matter what, just imagine how faithful our perfect Heavenly Father is to keep his promises to his children.
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT).
“And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires” (2 Peter 1:4)
Here are a few promises God has given us that go far beyond what any of us could possibly promise anyone.
“But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:1-2).
You may say, “But I’m not a Jew!” No matter. If you are a follower of Christ, you have been adopted into the family of God. You are His child! Ephesians 1:5 tells us, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”
You may then say, “But I’m not a Christian!” No matter. You can choose today to follow Christ and become part of the worldwide family of believers that spans the ages! “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life” (Romans 1:16-17).
You might also say, “How does one believe?” The Bible tells us that, too! “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
“But why would God adopt me? I’m such a mess.” Friend, He loves you and wants you to become his child no matter what your life looks like today. “This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth“ (1 Timothy 2:3-4). If you are alive and on this earth, YOU are included in “everyone.”
Once you are part of the family of God, His promises to you are too many to include in this little blog post! They are found woven throughout the Bible. I’ll finish up with just one more passage found in the book of Psalms, and loved by Christ followers the world over.
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.Psalm 23
My friend, you can have the peace promised in this passage! Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd, and his followers are the flock he lovingly cares for. Will you follow Him today?
If you are already a follower of Christ, what is one of your favorite promises of God? Please share with us in the comments below!