Promise Keeper

We just returned from our trip to Lakewood. We left this morning early enough to catch our grandson Caedmon’s soccer game. He turned in a stellar performance of course, although his team ended up losing in the four on four battle of the five year olds. At that age the kids enjoy the game and running around, but look forward to the treats at the end of the game the most.

We then spent most of the day at Christian and Bridget’s home for the celebration of Eliana’s third birthday. These grandkids are growing up fast and we always enjoy seeing them. Some of Eli’s neighborhood friends and close friends of Christian and Bridget came by for the party and birthday cake. Bridget did a great job in creating a special homemade Barbie doll cake of Eliana.

I enjoyed this trip, and believe traveling is getting easier. We took my car and my regular wheelchair and walker.  This always makes the journey more enjoyable. I offered to drive, but Debbie thought she could handle it.  When we arrived at Christian’s home with his help I used the walker to get into the house from the back door and then used it to get around the house. I was feeling tired so the nap on their couch was nice!

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY… God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness… Through his glory and integrity he has given us his promises that are of the highest value. Through these promises you will share in the divine nature because you have escaped the corruption that sinful desires cause in the world.  2 Peter 1:3,4

Some weeks ago my grandson Carter (four years old) was saying his nighttime prayers with his mother when he surprised her by praying very sincerely, “Thank you God for keeping your promises.”

I am thankful that we serve a God who can be relied upon. What He says He will do, He will do.  What He promises to be, He will be. You can trust Him. The Lord is the eternally consistent one.

His Word is true and is as valid today, as it ever has been. What the Lord was to Abraham, Moses, Joshua, the prophets and the twelve disciples, He will be for you.

I like these verses from 2 Peter. Peter’s assertion is straight forward “God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness.” Through Christ, the Lord promises to forgive our sins and bring us into relationship with Himself. The Lord promises to keep us, guard us and make us strong in our faith as we trust in Him. He promises to take us to a heavenly home when we die or when He comes for us.

I think that I have heard that there are over 600 promises in God’s Word. These cover a wide range of life’s issues and as Peter says, “are of the highest value.” The reason for this is not just in what the promises of God give us, but what they do in us. God’s promises empower us to share in His “divine nature”. I’m not sure what all that may involve but what Peter connects it with is the ability to live above the corruption of the world.

As God’s integrity has given us His promises, His power enables us to live lives of integrity as well. How we focus our lives is what God’s promises are all about. Remember we are talking about God’s promises, not our desires or wishes. The God who made us knows what we need to make it in this confusing and crazy world. And He promises us to be with us from start to finish, He will give us His presence and power, He will work in us and through us in ways we can’t imagine, He will turn our trials into triumph, all this and more. And He will keep His promises!