People make promises but sometimes they don’t or can't deliver. This teaches us not to trust others. Unkept promises can happen because of unforeseen circumstances or a weakness in character.

God makes promises, too. Except that with him, his words accomplish what he sets out to do. Let us then trust in the power and safety of his words. His words are true; they stand forever. Believe in his honesty.

We can’t buy God’s faithfulness with good deeds. We are already good by grace — not because of our efforts but because of our right standing with God through his Son. Yet, we can cultivate a relationship with him and get closer to him. As we get closer to God, we feel his presence in our lives more. We also become satisfied in God for who he is. As we get to know him, we develop a deep trust in him. That motivates us to do good things in His name.

In him, we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28). When we depend on God and his Word, it pleases him. We need to trust God with the desires of our hearts. When that aligns with his will, which is the best thing, he will deliver, just like his Word promises. God cares about pure desires. Even if we are not unfaithful, God stays faithful because he is unchangeable.

So, trust and rely on him. Take your eyes off your circumstances and instead focus on God himself.

Heavenly Father, I ask you to help me to trust in you. Thank you for your faithfulness. Teach me how to do what pleases you in your strength. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Go Deeper — Think about what prevents you from trusting God more. What aspects of God's character can help you overcome your hesitation? Write it out in a letter to God and then read it out loud to him, asking for his help.

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