His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 2 Peter 1:3-4
My son David launched a video production company in 2007. My father graciously offered to loan him some money to buy a professional camera. One day Dad called and said, “I’m having the money transferred from an investment into my bank account. The money will be in the bank in two days. Tell David he can order his camera.”
Two days later, David made his order. Why? Because the money was in the bank. How did he know? He may not have felt like it was there. He couldn’t see it. He didn’t drive to the bank and demand to check the vault. How could David really be sure the money was there? Because my father gave him his word. David ordered his camera based on the trustworthy word of my dad.
That’s how faith works. God gives his children many “precious and very great promises” in Christ. Jesus purchased all the promises of the covenant for us on the cross. Because God is trustworthy and doesn’t lie, we know these promises will come to pass. God is good for his word. We may not feel it or see it, but the money’s in the bank. God said it would be.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? NU 23.19
What a great verse. God is not a human who might lie. He is Truth itself. He cannot lie, has never lied. He’s not fickle like men can be. He never changes his mind, never makes rash vows he might not keep. He never makes a pledge then takes it back.
Before becoming a Christian I called in a pledge to a telethon, then never sent in a single dollar. Even as a Christian I’ve made promises at times and forgotten to fulfill them. I remember coming into my office one afternoon to be greeted by 3 ladies who’d been waiting quite a while for me – I had completely forgotten about our appointment.
The problem with my promises is that I’m a man. Though I try to be a man of my word, not only am I forgetful, but I’m not perfectly wise. And I don’t know the future – I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to do what I say. God, however, is infinitely wise and powerful. He never makes a pledge he can’t fulfill. When God says he’ll do something he’s good for his word – utterly, infinitely, perfectly good for his word. The money’s in the bank.
For over 30 years, I have found the Lord to be trustworthy. I’ve seen him fulfill hundreds of his promises in my life. I’m still praying, waiting and trusting for many others. But this I know – if God said it, the money’s in the bank. Why not give thanks to your heavenly Father right now for his gracious promises and his faithfulness in your life. And give glory to Jesus, who purchased all God’s promises for us by shedding his holy blood on the cross.