From The Simpsons
Lisa: You promised to take us to the lake.
Homer: I promise you kids lots of things, and that’s what makes me such a good father.
Lisa: Actually, keeping promises would make you a good father.
Homer: No, that would make me a great father.
God is a great Father. God makes lots of promises, and He keeps them all – 100.00% of the time. Try flipping open your Bible and seeing how many you find.
I did a test once to show how this and other Bible study techniques work. I had someone pick numbers at random without telling them the purpose. I used the first number to pick a book of the Bible and the second to pick the chapter. The first choice was 1 John 5. I had people search for what stood out to them, what commands they saw, and if there were any promises to claim. And there just happened to be some big time promises. Check these out:
- 1 John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
- 1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
- 1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Try looking for promises when you study your Bible — but be sure to read them in context. For example, the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 is not for any reader or even for Christians today. It was part of a very particular promise made to the exiled Jews. God kept that promise, of course, but it wasn’t aimed at us.
God is the most trustworthy being in the universe. He always keeps his promises. No one has ever regretted putting their trust in Jesus.