"Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him . . . -Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV)
 
Life teaches us that a promise is only as good as the character of the one who gives it. It doesn’t matter how great or grandiose the promise might be. If it’s given by someone who doesn’t have a track record of faithfully following through on his or her word, then it’s not worth getting excited about.
 
But this truth cuts both ways. A promise made by someone with a positive track record deserves a degree of excitement. That’s because their faithful character has been proven to back up their commitments, and if they promise something, there is a very good chance of it actually happening.
 
Now let’s pull this principle into the realm of God’s promises towards us. What conclusions can we draw about His promises based on His character? If there’s one truth displayed and declared for us in Scripture, it’s that God, our God, is flawlessly faithful. He has never once failed to follow though on a promise which He has given. In fact, the Bible is a succession of stories and testimonies to God’s great faithfulness.
 
From the days of Adam, Noah, and Abraham to the times of Gideon, David, and Jeremiah-and from the incredible incarnation of Jesus to the miraculous manifestation of the Holy Spirit-this single truth is seen from a myriad of different angles: God faithfully performs what He promises.
 
Our understanding of God’s promises must be anchored in the awareness and conviction of His faithfulness. We must remember that they are the one thing in this world worth trusting because they’re backed by something outside our fallen condition: God’s flawless character.
 
"Blessed be the LORD. . . . There has not failed one word of all His good promise . . ." (1 Kings 8:56 NKJV)
 

by Pastor Bob Coy, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale

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