Is God Trustworthy?

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How to be sure that God's promises are true.

The bible is filled with God’s promises. We can trust these promises because we know who made them. God did. We can trust them, because we know whom God made them to. God made promises to His children, those who have trusted in God’s Son for salvation and reconciliation with Him.

Without Jesus Christ enthroned in our hearts, we are unacceptable in the sight of our Holy God. We cannot receive the blessings from God’s promises without Jesus, for He alone gives us access. From the moment we exchange our old life, for life in Him, trusting in Jesus Christ and not in our works or morals for salvation, we can be sure that God’s promises are for us.

The problem of an untrustworthy world

However no matter how many times God proves He’s trustworthy, we still question His promises. It’s not surprising, seeing as our everyday experiences are so contrary. Personal vows are broken daily, and not just the small ones. Commitment keeping is not the norm.

Peoples’ words are unreliable and sin threads our best intentions. Rarely is self-sacrifice embraced in an effort to keep promises. For example: Your teacher promises to grade your essays. Your dad promises to watch your sport. Mum says she’ll wash your jersey, and your girlfriend promises, “I’m not lying to your face.” You’ve no reason not to trust them. Until...

Your teacher changes his mind. Your dad stays late at work. Your girlfriend stretches the truth, and your jersey remains stained. Deep down, you know the issue isn’t postponed grading. It’s not the rumor your girlfriend spread or a clean jersey, either. If only they’d not spoken, “I promise” or “I will” hurt wouldn’t linger as a consequence. The big deal is broken trust. The next time they make a promise, can you trust them and their promise?

Can I Trust Him?

So can we trust God, our Father and Friend? Looking for assurance in God’s promises cannot be found in the world around us. Assurance in God’s promises can be found in the one who fulfilled them. God did not try and get out of fulfilling His promises to us. God has fulfilled his promises in Jesus. There is no doubt that God has followed through.

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all.....   Romans 8:32

We can trust Him. However God’s promises seem to fade when we misinterpret the other end of Romans 8:32

..how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

God gave us His best in the moment we were at our worst. So will he not give us every lesser thing He knows is good for us too? However this is not what God is promising. Romans 8, is talking about how God’s promises stand firm because Jesus is for us. Because of this we can be assured that God’s care and all his promises stand firm now and forever.

What does God promise?

Do any of the following resonate?

  • God said nothing could separate me. Why don’t I feel His love? (Romans 8:37-39)
  • The prayer of a righteous person is effective. How come Dad still left? (James 5:16)
  • Jesus promised abundant fruit if I’d only abide. Why is my ministry empty? (John 15:5)
  • Look how I’m being treated at church. How is God for me? (Romans 8:31).
  • God promised to meet my needs. Why did He let me lose my job? (Philippians 4:19).

God never promised to keep us from disease, only to never leave our side as we walk through it. God never promised to make us rich in this life, only to secure all things needed for eternity. God never promised to keep us from affliction but to comfort us in the midst of it.

Draw near to our promise keeper

The blessings of our Saviour include the sufferings of our Saviour. The bible says hard times come not just because of our own sin, but because this world isn’t our home. We can trust what God says, because Jesus has “overcome the world” (John 16:33). He already did what He has promised.

The next time you feel like God’s forsaken a promise, keep alert. You might be feeling this way because you’re about to take a necessary step of faith in order to see more clearly that God is a promise keeper.

Coming is the day we will all be face-to-face, with our promise keeper. Keep alert in times of hardship and challenge yourself to seek comfort by drawing nearer to Christ. 

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