As much as you and I have failed and have been failed by others who have made promises this is not something that God has ever done… he is the one true promise maker and promise keeper…
In fact understanding the relationship and the role that God’s promises have in our lives as His follower is very important. Have you ever noticed how promises and God are SO connected so interwoven?
Soon into the story of the first people in Genesis Chapter three we read a the first promise of God. The first promise of God was soon after Adam and Eve who rebelled against their Creator, God in His grace, even as He pronounced judgment, spoke also of grace and deliverance for them.
To the Tempter, God said: “I will put enmity (a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism )between you (the snake the devel) and the woman, and between your seed (kids) and her seed (kids) he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel (Genesis 3:15).
There is the first promise of GOD… that the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent… it would take 1000 s of years for that promise to be kept… but it was kept.
A few pages later in the Bible we see God making a “Covenant” (is a solemn promise to engage in or refrain from a specified action) to Noah. Then a few pages after that we see another promise that God makes to an old man named Abram. On and On as we read the Bible we see God promising many things to people;
*To David that he would be king…
* To Joshua that he would conquer a new land
* To the people of Israel he promised provision
* To kings he promised judgment
* To those in exile he promised deliverance
* To those dying he promised heaven
* To those heavy burdened by sin… He promised to take their burden away.
Yes, God and promises are very connected, and it is VERY important for us as followers to understand this connection as it has great implications to our following Christ. This year, 2011 we want to learn and know what God has promised and how those promises are to be viewed and understood. As we learn or review what they are we pray that God, by His Spirit in us will continue to deeply affect us and cause even a greater desire in us to share His promises to everyone, anywhere, who will listen.
So memorize the theme verse then come join us on Sundays as we worship this promise making God!