Hope — true hope — is hard to find in a world that shifts allegiances as abruptly as a click of the remote control. We’re a fickle people, aren’t we? And people just like us fill the institutions where we place our hope. Maybe we need some adjustment.
When Jeremiah prophesied the coming destruction of Jerusalem, he also predicted Jerusalem’s plight would be temporary. Though the devastation would be great, the restoration would be greater. The exiles would return after 70 years and the throne of David would be re-established because God had made a covenant with David (2 Samuel 7:4).
How likely was it that God would renege on his promise? As likely as it was that day and night would no longer exist. They could be sure restoration would happen because God said it would.
How sure can we be that God keeps his word?
-He promises never to leave us (Deuteronomy 31:8).
-He is for us, not against us (Romans 8:31).
-He pledges to work all things together for our good and that no weapon formed against us will prosper (Romans 8:28).
-He says if we believe when we pray, he will answer (James 1:5-6).
-If we seek him first, he will provide all we need (Matthew 6:33).
The foundation of our faith rests on knowing we can depend on God to keep his promises. Nothing, nothing, nothing can cause God to break his promises to us. In this vacillating world of undependable people and broken promises, we can be completely sure of one thing — our God is reliable.
Father, thank you because you are reliable. I can depend on you when everything around me is falling apart. Strengthen my faith to always believe in you and trust in your promises. Amen.
Go Deeper — Write down the verse from the bullet points above that means the most to you. Share why it does with someone today. You could even ask them which one means the most to them.
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