Promises You Can Count On
Read Hebrews 6:13-20
Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.
Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Abraham waited patiently; it was twenty-five years from the time God had promised him a son (Genesis 12:7; 13:14-16; 15:4-5; 17:16) to Isaac’s birth (Genesis 21:1-3). God kept his promise.
These two unchangeable things are God’s nature and his promise. God embodies all truth; therefore, he cannot lie. Because God is truth, you can be secure in his promises; you don’t need to wonder if he will change his plans. Our hope is secure and immovable, anchored in God, just as a ship anchor holds firmly to the seabed. To the true seeker who comes to God in belief, God gives an unconditional promise of acceptance.
Because our trials and temptations are often so intense, they seem to last for an eternity. The Bible and the testimony of mature Christians encourage us to wait for God to act in his timing, even when our needs seem too great to wait any longer. Yet waiting is never easy. Is there something for which you’re waiting that seems to be taking forever? Sometimes doubt or fear creeps in to separate us from God. While you wait, review some of God’s promises (for example, Hebrews 13:5-6, 8). May the truth of God’s acceptance and faithfulness provide you with encouragement, assurance, and confidence and keep you connected to him.