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Devotional: Here’s the proof God keeps His promises

Added on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Written by Nicole Nicklin, online communications manager at The Salvation Army Northern Division

Throughout the Bible, you can find evidence that God keeps His promises. The pages of the Old and New Testaments are layered with prophesies of the good things God has promised and fulfilled throughout history, as well as some promises He has yet to act on.

Prophesies Become Promises Fulfilled

In the Old Testament, God made many promises to the Israelites. Among many examples, He promised to bring the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, and to give them the “promised land” of milk and honey. Joshua 21:45 tells us, “Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”

Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection are among the numerous other promises that we can see brought to completion. The story of God’s faithfulness is woven throughout the Bible.

How Can We Trust God?

Because He has been faithful time and time again, we can trust that God will continue to be faithful. Numbers 23:19 tells us, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

Scripture also tells us that when we call upon the name of the Lord in prayer, He faithfully answers us. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.”

The Proof: e-News Story Prayer Plays Out in Real Life

Hands together in prayerThis past week, we were extremely blessed to hear from someone who experienced the truth of this verse in her everyday life. She recited a prayer from an e-News story we sent on March 3 and then reached out to let us know how God faithfully responded.

The prayer specifically asked God to show us each how to help someone struggling with hunger. God led this reader to help a lady in her weekly women’s group. It wasn’t until after the reader had purchased medication and groceries for the lady that she remembered her prayer earlier in the day. Not only did God respond, but he did not hesitate to provide her with an opportunity to help another. (Read the full account of this answered prayer.)

Why Does God’s Faithfulness Matter?

When life gets busy, it’s way too easy to miss out on the blessing of seeing God’s faithfulness in action. It’s often the simple realization that He answered a prayer or fulfilled a promise that reinforces our own faith. As with any relationship, these building blocks of trust are either built up or torn down over time. Our confidence in God will grow with each answered prayer, and eventually we’ll be confident enough to approach His throne more boldly.

What Kind of Faith Do You Want?

Mark 11:23 says, “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”

That is the kind of faith we should strive for – a faith that trusts that our God is boundless. When we petition in His name, we are calling on the One who holds the universe in His hands to bring His full power to our aid. He does not withhold any good thing from us (Psalm 84:11). All we have to do is ask Him and believe that He will be faithful.

The Answer poem about prayer handwrittenFaith in Action

Start a prayer journal to record your requests. Leave room under each request so that when it is answered, you can record the date and details. Anytime you need a reminder of God’s faithfulness, this journal will guide you.