“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has he said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
— Numbers 23:19
Think of a time when someone broke a promise he or she made to you. How did you feel? How did that broken promise affect your relationship?
We live in a world of broken promises. Our courts are clogged with lawsuits because of them. But our Father in Heaven makes thousands of promises in His Word (How many? Approximately eight thousand.), and He keeps each one. When God promises something, we can count on the fact that He will come through for us.
The most important promise God has made is His promise to save us from our sins. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,” says the promise. And faith responds: “Lord, I believe in you. I believe that that promise is true.” God changes your life and stamps your passport to Paradise simply because you believe His promise.
When we claim God’s promises, we experience tremendous blessings. A delightful member of our church, who has now gone home to the Lord, witnessed to prison inmates six days a week for more than forty years. This man was quite enthusiastic about the promises of God. He would have the prisoners memorize 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He called this promise “the Christian’s bar of soap,” and he encouraged his inmate friends to bank their lives on it.
But while God yearns to fulfill His promises to us, we often fail to claim them. Think of the blessings you’ve received in your lifetime. Did you not receive those blessings because you claimed certain promises God made to you? In the same way, we miss certain blessings because we never claim God’s promises. God is prepared to fulfill His promises. He has written and signed checks from His account in the Bank of Heaven—He is ready to bless us—but those checks lay on a shelf in a closed Bible, unclaimed, uncashed.
God wants to bless your life. Are you ready to claim His promises?