Daily Devotions for Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Daily Devotions

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

 

Current Study: People Who Made a Difference         

 

Today’s Topic: Keep Your Promises

 

Today’s Scripture:   Titus 1:2-3   a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light…

                                     Hebrews 9:15   For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

 

How many promises have you broken in your life? Far too many, I suspect. I know I have. Promises are costly. They are more than just words. They demand action. They require an investment of ourselves. They reflect our character.

 

Singer Michael Card wrote a song called The Promise. The words are marvelous.

 

The Lord God said when time was full
He would shine His light in the darkness
He said a virgin would conceive
And give birth to the Promise
For a thousand years the dreamers dreamt
And hoped to see His love
The Promise showed their wildest dreams
Had simply not been wild enough
But the Promise showed their wildest dreams
Had simply not been wild enough

The Promise was love and the Promise was life
The Promise meant light to the world
Living proof Jehovah saves
For the name of the Promise was Jesus

 

The Faithful One saw time was full
And the ancient pledge was honored
So God the Son, the Incarnate One His final Word
His own Son, was born in Bethlehem
But came into our hearts to live
What more could God have given
Tell me what more did He have to give
What more could God have given
Tell me what more did He have to give

At last the proof Jehovah saves
For the name of the Promise was Jesus

 

Michael wrote a little Christmas devotional on the theme of his song. He noted, “Christianity is founded on a promise. Faith involves waiting on a promise. Our hope is based on a promise. Promises are made with words. … .that part of myself that goes with every promise is given to you through my words…. Our God is the great maker of promises… His word, our Bible, is a collection of the promises… most of these concern Jesus, who came to be known as “the Promised One”. Through all these promises, God was trying to give something of Himself to Adam, and to Israel, and finally to us. The Bible tells us that when the Promised One came, the Lord poured all of Himself into Him. What a costly thing it can be to make a promise – it cost Jesus His life.

 

Go back to the start of this devotional and read the Scripture verses again. Then rejoice in your salvation. It is the fulfillment of God’s promise to you. Thank Him for keeping His promises.

 

Pastor John

 

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