Our Promise – Keeping God!
by Carol Yasin
“Being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ.”
If He started it, He will complete it.
Our God is no quitter; neither is He a haphazard, lackadaisical, irresponsible Being Who soon tires of His Plans or changes His Mind. Unlike us, He foresees what lies ahead. . .the trials and storms we’ll encounter. . .the bumps in the road. . .the hills and the valleys. . .and is never caught off-guard or by surprise.
That’s why, as someone said, “If He said it, that settles it. And, if He promises it, that secures it.”
Truly, His Word is His Bond. Even when we are unfaithful, He abides faithful still. And, “even when our heart condemns us, He is greater than our heart and knows all things. And, if our heart doesn’t condemn us, we have great confidence before Him” (I Jn. 3:20-21).
Therefore, when it comes to God’s Promises, we should say with Paul “I am confident of this very thing. I am convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt. My Hope is built on nothing less than Who God is and what He has promised—for He is faithful and cannot lie.”
Then, with that as the foundational Truth—yea, the bedrock—of our Faith, we can continue rejoicing “that He Who has begun a good work in me will continue to perform it until the Day Jesus Christ comes back again.” Simply put, as someone once said, “I’m not what I used to be and I’m still not what I ought to be. But, one of these days I’ll be all that God intends for me to be and it will be glorious. Be patient with me; God’s not through with me yet—for I’m still under construction.” Hallelujah!!
Dear friend, have you “grown weary in well-doing and faint in your mind” (Gal. 6:9)? Have you taken your eyes off Jesus and started to sink under the waves of adversity and despair? If so, “lift up your eyes even higher than the hills to the One Who made them” (Ps. 121:1-2). Only then will you keep from becoming distressed when you look at others or depressed when you look at yourself. Look to Jesus, instead, and be blessed! Glory!
Why not spend a few minutes right now reflecting on your Journey of Faith? Can you remember where you were when Jesus touched you? Do you remember that moment when Heaven became real to you and you were forgiven? Can you recall the ones He used to lead you to Christ and the great Joy you had when you prayed to receive Him?
If so, take time to thank Him right now. Thank Him for never giving up on you. Thank Him for His Mercy that prevents you from getting what you deserve and His Grace that gives you what you don’t deserve. Then, thank Him that He’s “begun a good work in you” and will continue to use everything in your life—both good and bad—to further transform you into the likeness of His dear Son, Jesus. Amen and amen.