Keep Building: What’s a Promise Worth?

“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4)

What’s a promise worth? I don’t know about you, but most of the time I don’t trust them. If someone tacks “I promise” onto the end of a statement, I immediately get suspicious.

trees_350The global financial mess of the last decade had to do with a lot of people making promises they couldn’t keep. And nearly every wedding involves a promise “till death do us part.” We all know how half of those turn out. Bottom line: Promises are only as good as the person’s ability to keep them, and many of us don’t have a great track record.

But God does. The value of his promises are huge. Why? Because he never breaks them—and he never runs out of the power or love to pull them off. His promises are better than gold. Today’s verse says his promises are the difference between us wallowing in natural sin or walking the same path as our promise-keeping Father.

That’s a big promise.

Think: What value do you put on God’s promises to you? Are you completely convinced he’ll do everything for you he’s said he will or do you sometimes catch yourself taking a wait-and-see approach?

Pray: Thank God for all of his precious promises to you, and ask him to help you to trust those promises for what they’re worth.

Do: Make a quick list of all of God’s promises to you personally that you can think of. Stumped? Text a friend and ask him or her to name one promise God has made to us in the Bible.