Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Having Confidence in a Promise

"No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you. I will not fail you or forsake you." Joshua 1:5
In less than a month, the United States of America will undergo a cherished tradition: the election of a president. It is difficult to quantify or grasp the amount of words that have been spoken to the American public regarding this election. Words like "this is the most important election in our generation" or "the choices facing our country have never been as stark as they are today" or "if you elect me President, I promise to ..." We put our hopes in a president who promises prosperity, security, and equity.

But when God puts a man into office, as he did with Joshua, He is the one doing the promising. I will not fail you or forsake you. And have the fulfillment of God's promises every been found lacking? "God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19)

Did God promise to flood the earth? Yes.
Did God promise to give Abraham a son in his old age? Yes.
Did God promise to deliver Israel from the yoke of slavery in Egypt? Yes.
Did God promise to send a Messiah? Yes.
Does God promise to send His Son again and to visit the earth with judgment against His enemies? Yes.

Does God promise never to leave you nor forsake you who have trusted in Him for eternal life? Yes, He does.  There are many things we think God has promised but one thing is for sure: He is near to those who have loved him and he will not fail nor forsake those who hope in Him.