When I make a promise, I do so, hoping that it is a part of God’s will for me to fulfill it. From a human perspective, promises are declarations of intent. An individual intends to do something for someone else or with someone else in mind, but like any plans that a person makes, it is up to God to make it happen.
9 The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 ESV)
But when God makes promises, they are as good as done.
God is omnipresent, existing at all physical locations throughout all time simultaneously (please also see Omnipresence and Free Will). He exists outside of time and space, so when He makes a promise to us, He is at that moment fulfilling it for us in our future.
The Bible is full of God’s promises. Entire books have been written on the topic. God is trustworthy, faithful to keep every promise that He has made. I won’t take the time or space to list them out here. Further study of the promises of God would be rewarding, and perhaps I will do a series, at some point, highlighting some of them.
I will end here by drawing attention to a promise of particular importance to an eternal mindset.
14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:1-3 ESV)
Especially amidst the turmoil of our present age, it’s important to remember that God is in control. He is preparing a place for those who place their faith and trust in Him.
The time that we live on earth and the trials that we face are short and insignificant compared to the eternal reality for which God created us. He will come again and take us up to be with Him forever.
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Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.