“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, until I come and take you to a land like your own–a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.” Isaiah 36:16-17
The king of Assyria had sent someone to talk to the people of Jerusalem about giving up a fight. He was working on invading the city and the people were holding out. They were asked to surrender and make peace with him, and he would allow them to live in their own land until he could bring them to his land. They were given many promises.
On the surface, the promises that were made sound very good. They were offered free moving to a new land that had grain, wine, bread and vineyards–everything they had and needed. Going with him would mean no battle or war to be fought and no one would die.
Despite the promises, there was nothing good about the move. The land may have all those things, but they would most likely not be able to enjoy them. They would go there as prisoners or slaves.
The enemy still does this type of talk today. The world tries to tell you to follow their ways and you will have life and be able to enjoy it. Wealth, health, and fun is promised if you will just leave what God has told you to do and walk their way.
Movies promise joy in entertainment if you will watch what God calls filth. Drugs and sex are pushed to give you a moment of pleasure. Living in certain lifestyles promises enjoyment. Changing gender, now is a promise of a better life.
Living the ways of the world may provide a short-term pleasure, but in the end it brings captivity and death. The other side of the fence may look good, but it is filled with death.
Who are you trusting in to provide the best life for you?
If you are trusting in God, do not allow the world to sway you to their lies and deception. The world cannot provide better, or even as good of a life as God can. Do not trust this world. Live for God.
I pray today that you will put your trust in God; that you will not be swayed by the promises of the world; that God will reveal all truth to you; and that you will know the provision and blessings God has for you.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
As Israel is walking away from God and is being punished, Isaiah makes a prophecy of great proportions. It is about a child that is born that will be in control of the government and will be God while being a man. Looking back, now several thousand years later, one can see that he was talking about Jesus.
At the time Isaiah spoke these words, Jesus was not walking on the earth. He was not born yet as a human being. Still Isaiah speaks as though it has already happened. The actual birth of Jesus would not occur for several hundred more years.
From God’s perspective, time does not really mean anything. He is outside of time. Yesterday, today and tomorrow are all the same to Him. When God makes a statement it is as though it has already happened.
As you think about this you may wonder how this can help you today. God has made many promises. A lot of promises are made to every believer, while God may make some directly to you and your situation in your life.
Often you may hear of a promise of God and wonder if you really heard it, because nothing seemed to change. God promised to meet your needs, yet the bills keep piling up and the car breaking down. You may have heard a prophecy over your life about something and yet nothing seems to come to pass.
You have to claim that promise and believe in God to fulfill it in His time and in His way. Just as Isaiah prophesied about the birth of Jesus and had to wait for it to occur, so you may have to wait for God’s prophecy to you.
Believe the prophecy as though it has occurred and move forward with it. God’s word is alive and active. God will never break a promise to you, only you can break or stop that promise by rejecting it.
Just as Jesus did finally come to this earth, so God will fulfill every promise to you.
I pray today that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled; and that you will not lose hope in Jesus.
Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2
While very few people pray to God on a regular basis, there are many who will cry out to Him in times of trouble. It is common for people to cry out to God when they are in danger, and as they cry out they often make promises to God.
These promises are usually along the lines of promising that they will live for Him, or give a certain amount of money, or do some ministry for Him if He gets them out of the situation. Although the promise itself may not be a bad thing, one has to be careful about the promise.
As many make the promise, most do not fulfill the promise. They forget about the promise within moments of God providing the help. It is often said that it was made in a rash moment without thought. People think that God understands why the promise was made, and yet not get fulfilled, that God will forgive them.
God looks at the promise as it is–a promise. As a believer you are told to live your life like Jesus, to imitate God. God has made many different promises over the history of mankind, and never has He was broken a promise or go back on His Word. He is always true and faithful to His Word.
You also need to be true and faithful to your word. If you make a promise to God, be sure to fulfill it. Better yet, be slow with your words and not so quick to make a promise.
You do not have to promise God anything in order for Him to love you or take care of you in any situation you are going through. His love for you is perfect all the time. Just bring your requests before God and trust Him to take care of you. Do not be quick to promise anything.
If you do promise God anything, then be very quick to fulfill that promise. Trust God to help you fulfill that promise, because God will hold you accountable to it.
I pray today that your words will be true to God; that you will trust God in all situations; that God will strengthen you to fulfill all promises made; and that you will slow down and think on how you speak to God.
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50
While going through suffering or a difficult time, it is very difficult to keep the hopes up high. There seems to be very little comfort in life during that time. The world seems to be falling apart and is completely against a person.
During times of pain and suffering many feel as though God has abandoned them and that all hope is gone. There does not seem to be any purpose or reason for the pain and suffering that is going on. The suffering does not appear to have an end and many feel as if there is no reason to try to go on with life. Some will go to the point of suicide because of the loss of hope.
The psalmist says that during those times, his one comfort that he finds is in God’s promise.
As a believer is going through a great time of suffering, he must keep His focus on God and His promises. God has promised that He would be with every believer and never leave or forsake a person. He has also promised victory in the end.
At the time it may appear as though the world is winning the battle. That Satan has received the upper hand in this world. That God is no longer in control and all is failing.
Take a look at Jesus when He was on the earth and they were getting ready to crucify Him. It looked as though He had failed and that the Father had failed Him. Yet, three days later, He rose from the dead, triumphant and victorious. God’s promise to preserve Him was fulfilled.
If you are going through a tough time of suffering, keep your eyes on God’s promises. Hold on to those promises, knowing that God is with you and will fulfill all of His promises to you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
You may die the physical death in this life, but Jesus will give you eternal life with Him, if you trust Him. Keep your hopes up high as you suffer, knowing you will be victorious with Jesus in the end. Find comfort in know that God will fulfill His promise to you.
I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that you will trust the promises of God; that you will find comfort in God’s promises; and that you will not lose hope in suffering.
But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalm 106:13
The psalmist is talking about the time when the Israelites were taken out of Egypt and were in the desert. They had almost immediately forgotten what God had done to get them out of Egypt and started complaining about the desert. They were unwilling to wait for God to fulfill His plan for them.
When a promise is made to a person, it is usually expected to be fulfilled very quickly. If a person borrows some money from a friend, it is usually expected to be paid back within a few weeks or maybe a month or two, but not having to wait a few years for the payback. With businesses, contracts are usually drawn up and signed to state when the agreement must be fulfilled.
With a friend, one must look back on how that friend has been in the past to know what to expect in the future. If he has always fulfilled his promise, then most likely he will continue to do so in the future, though it may take some time.
God is faithful in keeping His promise to do what He says He will do. However, often people must wait for the promise to be fulfilled.
You know the number of promises God has made for you. Some of those are to all believers, while others are specific to you alone. You may be waiting for some of those to be fulfilled.
As you are waiting, you must think back to all that God has already done for you. Think about all the promises He has already fulfilled in your life.
When you forget what God has already done, you begin to question whether He can do more or whether He will actually do more for you. God has not forgotten you or His promises to you.
Be patient and wait for Him to unfold His plan for you. In the right time God’s plan for you will be fulfilled. His promises will come about at the perfect time.
Do not give up on God. He is faithful to you. Keep waiting and trusting, and in the end it will be worth it.
I pray today that you will know God’s promise to you; that you will remember what God has already done for you; that God will give you strength to wait for Him; and that God will finish His plan for you.
Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. Psalm 76:11
It is easy for a person to make a vow to God or to another person. Promises are made all the time. Yet, the fulfillment of many of those vows is not very high.
Lawyers are paid big money in order to find ways for a person or business to not have to fulfill a vow or promise. The seek out loopholes in the contracts agreed upon. Most of the loopholes are found in that one party or the other had not fulfilled some part of the agreement, thus breaking the contract or vow.
Marriage vows are now often made with clauses in them, that if one spouse does not fulfill certain requirements, the marriage will be ended. People seek out ways to keep from being held accountable to their promises.
Every person who has chosen to believe in Jesus, has made a vow to God. He has promised to believe in Jesus and the work He did on the cross. He has promised to live for God and obey Him. This is the very base vow that every believer has made with God.
Other vows may also be made to God. Promises to give more tithe and offerings, to be more in service, to be more of a witness, to give up some habit or sin, to pray more, to read the Bible more, and the list goes on.
Whatever vow you have made to God, be willing to fulfill it. Do your best to hold up your part of the agreement with God. Do not seek loopholes to get out of what you promised God.
Doing this shows the world you believe in and trust in God. It also represents how God also fulfills His word all the time.
God has made many promises to you. He has never failed to fulfill a single promise.
How are you doing at keeping your vows?
Is there some vow you made to God you have not kept? Seek God’s forgiveness and strive to fulfill that vow. God will forgive and guide you forward, if you allow Him to do so.
I pray today that you will trust God with your life; that God will strengthen you to fulfill every promise you made to Him; that you will be a witness of God’s faithfulness to this world; and that God will guide you in any vows you make to Him.