God’s Promises – Why God Gives Promises
There are 31,173 verses in the Bible and 7,487 of them are God’s promises. One out of every four verses in the Bible is a promise from God to us. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that all 7,487 of these promises are “Yes” and “Amen”. These promises re for you, your spouse, your children, and everyone you encounter. But why did God give us these promises?
God gave us promises to prove to us who He is to us, and to prove to us who we are to Him. God having a promise for you is not the same as experiencing that promise. The promises of God are certain, but you and I experiencing them can often feel uncertain. The reason is that most of us don’t say “yes” or “amen”.
Saying “Yes” To God’s Promises Happens When You Know Who He Is
Promises are not something that have as much meaning in today’s world. The closest example we have to Biblical promises in our culture today is marriage vows. When we get married, we stand at an altar and make vows and promises. We do that to prove who we are to that person. We are promising our spouse that we will show them who we are through our actions. We are also showing them how much they mean to us. We don’t make good promises to people unless they mean something to us. So many people go through life thinking they don’t mean anything to God. Why would God make so many promises to you if you didn’t mean anything to Him?
God has given you 7,487 promises to remind you who He is. 1 Corinthians 1 shows us the pattern. He is the God that created you. He revolves the world on an invisible axis. Your heart is beating right now because of who God is. You have air in your lungs right now because of who God is. The promises of God remind us that He created everything we see and everything we can’t see. He is able to bring things into your world that you have never seen before based on you deciding to say “Yes” and “Amen” to God and His promises.
We live in a culture where people want to do what they want, when they want, why they want, and how they want. We take the idea of God being for us to an extreme. We think that the promises of God are going to happen in our life by default, as if we don’t play a part in God’s promises for ourselves. It’s up to us to learn to say “Yes” and “Amen” to the promises of God in our life. Unfortunately, many of us are “no” people, even with God. We say no to His plan, no to generosity, no to forgiveness, no to miracles, and ultimately, no to doing life God’s way. We don’t see God’s “Yes” in our lives because we keep saying “No”. We know God’s ways and don’t follow them, or worse, we don’t think we deserve the promises of God because of what we think we’re not.
God Wants What Is Best For You
God wants to be proven in your life so that He can prove Himself through your life. Why does God want you to experience His promises? Because He wants to be seen through your life. When God’s promises are proved in your life, He is revealed through your life. The reason we can trust that the promises of God are “Yes” and “Amen” is because we have seen his promises come to pass in other people’s lives. God has done it before in other people’s lives and He’s going to do it in your life too. God has a great plan for your life. He wants your life to be great! He doesn’t just want your life to be great by itself. God wants you to be great to show the world that He is great! God wants you to be great so that you can teach other people to become great His way.
The Bible is the source of God’s promises. God wants us to apply the truth of these promises to what we experience every day. He gives us promises to remind us of who He is and how much we mean to Him.
Learn more about God’s promises in my daily devotional, 31 Promises For Your Life.