A Promise Kept

1 … the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures … (Romans 1).

The Bible is filled with the promises of God, the greatest being the gospel.  He wasted no time at all after Adam’s fall to promise He would remedy the situation, and He actually made the promise to us by making one to the one who caused our problem in the first place — Satan: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel” (Genesis 3:15).  While being bruised on the cross, Jesus bruised Satan’s headship over sinful man.  This is the gospel of God!

But another thing I notice is how, even though God makes promises in the Bible, you never see these words from Him: “I promise.”  We say those words to emphasize we will actually do what we are about to say or have already said.  God never needs to say such words — because His word is His promise.

The rainbow in the sky is not to help God remember His promise never to destroy the world again by flood.  God can no more forget any promise He makes than He can forget the remotest atom in the universe.  Every particle is no less close to Him than any other, as well as no less closer than any promise He has ever made. 

Lord, thank You for all Your wonderful promises to us — and especially your promise that the gospel will save us!  Also, let all your promises from the Bible become as close to our own hearts as they are to Yours.  And finally, make our integrity such that our word always is our promise, so that people around us know without a doubt that we always say what we mean, and always do what we say.  Amen.