As we continue with our devotionals this week on the topic of reading the Scripture, I want to share with you another reason why we must read the Bible. We must read the Scriptures because in it we find all the promises of God.
2 Cor. 1:20
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
What does the text mean?
Very simply, Paul is reminding the Corinthians something we often forget, that God has made thousands of promises and that he will fulfill each one of them. When we read the Scripture, we find that the Lord has made many promises to his children, but we often overlook them or we just don’t pay them much attention, but much of it has to do with our lack of reading the Scriptures to familiarize ourselves with them. Therefore, Paul reminds us that all the promises in God are “yes”, they are certain and they will surely come to pass.
There are 2 reasons why his promises stand and will be fulfilled. First, God’s character is truth; he cannot lie. In Numbers 23:19 the Bible tells us that “God is not man, that he should lie”. If God lied, our faith would be in vain, life would have no meaning and we would be doomed, but because he cannot lie, he will fulfill his promises to you. Secondly, in our passage Paul emphasizes that all the promises are yes in HIM (Christ), and it is through him that we utter our Amen to them. Because of Christ, we can be sure that his promises are true. If God promised to crush his own Son for the salvation of our souls and fulfilled it to the last detail, how would he not fulfill all his other promises? Also, because of Christ in us we can say “Amen” when we read those promises, we can believe them, reassure them, cherish them and proclaim them, and it is all for the Glory of God. Ultimately, when we read and believe his promises, God is glorified in our lives. Sadly, I am afraid that many of us spend very little time in the Word and thus are not familiar with what God has promised to us.
What does it mean to me?
Brothers and sisters, the creator and sustainer of the universe has made promises to you personally if you are his child; that is no small matter. Part of the reason we suffer so much and are afflicted in our hearts is because we have not grabbed a hold of his promises to make them ours; and we don’t grab a hold of them because we don’t spend time in the Bible the way we should.
Are you a believer and feel like a times you doubt your salvation? The Lord says to you “he who believes in the Son has eternal life”. Do you feel stressed, worried or anxious? God says to you, “cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you”. Do you feel guilt about your past sins? God says that he has sent our sins to the deepest part of the ocean and has cast them out as far as the east is from the west. How about his promise that he will provide all of our NEEDS according to his riches in glory? There is no reason to worry about our real financial needs because the Lord has promised he will not leave us nor forsakes us and he will provide what we need; you will never die of hunger. In short, there is a promise from God in the Bible about everything you may face in this life, but our problem is that we do not know his promises and we can’t say amen to them because we spend very little time in the Word. Therefore, I want to encourage you again to begin a daily reading of the Bible; getting to know his promises and meditating on them would be a good place to start also. Get to know his promises to you so that you may say Amen to them through Christ in your life, to the glory of God the Father.
God bless you