Promises are precious to every one of us, right? The reason they are precious is because almost always, they come to us in the midst of our fiercest battles.
Abraham received the promise of a son, after many years of waiting for a child, and it took several more years before the promise actually came to pass. If we look at the life of Jacob, his name was changed to Israel, at a time when he trembled for his life (for the fear of his brother Esau).
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Jeremiah 29:11, was the scripture that led me to Christ, because it came at a point when I couldn’t visualize anything good that would come out of my life. When that scripture was preached in a youth meeting, it pierced my heart so deep that I wept over the love that had a plan for ‘even’ me! The promise came right in the midst of a battle.
Ever since I started my journey with the Lord, there have been tons of scriptures that came to me just when I needed it the most! ‘Promises’ to cherish!
However, I don’t think I quite grasped the ‘purpose‘ of all these promises. Surely, they reveal God’s heart unto me, but I believe there is more to it than meets the eye.
Let’s say for instance you are going through a battle, and God gives you a scripture promise. Our normal tendency is to think of it as a promise, for the ‘current’ situation. Right? That was the way I looked at it, all these years. But it doesn’t end there.
When we look at the life of Abraham, God gave Abraham a series of promises in Genesis 12. Though it seems that this promise was ‘just’ for Abraham, we later read in the scriptures that these promises were for Gentiles too, as much as it was for Abraham and his descendants.
In other words, every promise that God gave Abraham was not ‘just’ for him, but ‘through’ him, unto the Nations.
That’s the same purpose behind why God gives you and me promises. They are not just for you, but rather, the promise that came to you amidst many tears, intercession and you standing on your knees was given, so that God through YOU, may draw the World unto Himself.
“… and all the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3.
As you share the promises that God gave ‘you’, it will bring Hope to the hearts of your hearers too, because that scripture brought Hope to yours first! So when you speak that scripture mixed together with faith, that Word is sure to become life 🌱 in the heart of another, as well.
Look back and think. Can you count the number of promises God has given you? Aren’t they as numerous as the sand of the sea and the stars of the sky? Have you taken the time to share your promise with the world around you?
Just think about the joyful exhuberance you felt, as the Word entered your heart. It will be the same for them too.
Promises from God are not to keep, but to share. 🎁💕