The validity of a promise is dependent on the character and ability of the one who makes it. People can always fall short, but thankfully, the Lord has both the willingness and the power to do everything He says. To truly understand why God will do what He says, we must fully understand His character and the attributes that prove He is trustworthy.
For example, He is:
- Truthful (Titus 1:2)—Since truth is the very essence of His nature, it’s impossible for Him to lie. Therefore, we can believe in His promises because He always tells the truth.
- Faithful (Heb. 10:23)—If the Lord ever breaks a promise, our Christian theology falls apart because He would cease to be who He says He is. But since God has never failed to keep His word in the past, we can trust Him for the future. However, we must remember that He might not do so according to our schedules, in the ways we desire, or through the people or situations we expect.
- Immutable (Mal. 3:6)—This means He never changes. Therefore, we don’t have to worry that He will alter a promise. If conditions are attached, it may seem like He’s had a change of heart, but the truth is we just haven’t met the requirements set before us.
- Love (1 John 4:7-10)—His promises are always based on our best interests. The cross is the ultimate proof of His love for us. Jesus said He would die for our sins, and He did. If He loved us enough to keep that promise, we have no reason to doubt Him.
These are powerful and undeniable reasons to trust the Lord and His promises. So whenever you find yourself discouraged or doubtful, remind yourself of these qualities of God. As His children, we have an amazing heavenly Father who is for us—who can be against us? (Rom. 8:31).
This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message, “Our God of Promise,” which airs this weekend on TV.