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  • Writer's pictureElias Paulino

My Word, My Promises

Updated: Aug 2, 2023


"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord." - Jeremiah 17:7 (NKJV)

I always like to start my blogs with a question because it produces two things: (1) it catches people attention or creates an interest, and (2) it causes people to think! Hahaha. So, my question for you on this blog is: would you follow God if you knew he will break or not fulfilled his promises? Interesting question, isn't? I think so. Hahaha. The obvious answer is no.


But why not? Why you wouldn't follow God if he breaks just one of all his promises? I mean, he is God, right? Why can't He "slip off" just once? In one little and silly thing that no one really cares about. The reason why God would not break his promises is because that would make him not trustworthy. If God were to break or not complete one, just one of all his promises, then He could not demand that we trust him and that we place our faith in him. God's entire reputation falls under just one characteristic; his ability to fulfill everything He says and promises. God is God because he is the only person who has the power to complete or accomplish everything he says. If God cannot—for whatever reason—keep his word and fulfill his promises, then he would stop being God.


Look at what its said about God's nature, "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?"(1) This tells me that one of the things that makes God be God is that he cannot lie—or does not possess the ability to lie—because he always does what he says and fulfills what he promises. This is what makes him God! He has to do what he says in order to be Him. On the contrary, what makes a person be a human being—like you and me—is that we do not have the power to always keep our word in everything we say. If you had the ability to always keep your word in everything, you would literally be god. This is why "if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself."(2) Even when we lie and when we do not believe, God has to remain faithful to his word and promises because this is who he is, otherwise he would be denying his very nature and existence.


The entire Bible is the greatest example of how God always kept his word and promises, despite the failures and shortcomings of man. But why? Why he always kept and continues today to keep his promises? Because God is literally his Word. God takes his word and promises so seriously that he defines himself as his Word. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."(3) Wow! I absolutely love knowing and understanding this aspect of God's nature and identity. Now you can better understand, what I quoted earlier; for God to break his own Word—because our flaws, mistakes or failures—is to deny himself(2) and for God to deny himself its for him to stop being God.


Now, you may wonder, "Elias, why are you telling me all this?" I am trying to explain how important God's word is to Himself to highlight the following fact: If God is his Word, and if God has to always complete his promises, then it is a very foolish thing not to trust him and his Word. Really think about this. God is his Word, and he has to fulfill his Word, then why is it that we do not fully trust in what he says? As I was writing this blog, and the Holy Spirit was showing me how faithful God is to his Word, I felt as if He was asking me why I hold myself from fully trusting in him, if he never fails his Word. Once you truly understand this truth, it makes absolutely no sense not to obey and trust. Not only does God guarantees his Word, he promises to keep it! Then why don't we trust Him?


I'll finish with two other Bible verses that the Holy Spirit used to really confront and minister me with the issue of not fully trusting God. The first verse is, "By his own mighty word, he holds the universe together."(4) The second verse is, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away."(5) As I was doing my research and studying for this blog, the Holy Spirit brought me across these verses that really ministered me. Listen to this, God today holds the world and the universe by his Word—he doesn't hold the world with his hands—and I believe God chose to keep the world afloat since creation with his Word to give us yet another reason as to why we can trust his promises. God is proving that if He can hold the universe with his Word, how much more can he fulfill everything he promised you? His Word holds the universe together! Eventually, this "heaven and earth" will one day cease to exist, but his Word will still stand! Did you get it?! You can surely trust in his Word because it holds the entire universe together, and even when this earth passes, his Word will be the only thing remaining! If we place our hope and trust in his Word, which is eternal, we are guaranteed that he will always keep it.


 

Reference:

(1) Numbers 23:19 (NIV)

(2) 2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV)

(3) John 1:1 (NKJV)

(4) Hebrews 1:3 (CEV)

(5) Matthew 24:35 (ESV)

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