I was 9 years old when I moved away from India to the Middle East and experienced the stress of change. I could barely speak any English; I was surrounded by people who seemed to shine much brighter than me. I couldn’t find common ground with anyone and I was deeply lonely for a few years. I was sitting alone, wallowing when I heard the song,
“No never alone,
No never alone.
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone”
I still remember the feeling of peace and certainty that came over me all those years ago and I know my saviour reached out to me that night and taught me to trust in Him to keep his promise. His promise never failed me and I learned to trust in every word he has sent my way since then.
You may not have an experience like this. You may not be aware of any personal promises or you may be someone waiting for the promise to be realised, still waiting for healing, still waiting for a breakthrough, still waiting for God to end the storm, to end the battles. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your circumstances are, He is a personal God who has a promise for you.
All Scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16), Jesus declares that “Heaven and earth may pass away but my words shall not pass away” (Mathew 24:35, Luke 21:33). The word of God is abundant with the promises of a powerful and living God. In every relationship God enters into with men in the Old Testament, He offers them a promise. The God of Abraham, the God of David, the God of Israel is a God who chose to display His faithfulness.
He is a God who placed the rainbow in the sky and a God who promised a Son named Jesus to Mary who shall save the people from their sins (Mathew1:21). 2017 years ago Jesus Christ became the sacrifice for our sin, the bearer of our punishment, the Seed promised to Eve who crushed the head of the snake.
In the Jewish custom according to the Torah, a cup of wine blessed by the Rabbi is given to the groom first and then the bride to sip from during the betrothal ceremony. By drinking from the cup the man and woman enter into a covenant to be “set apart” for each other and no one else shall claim either of them. After this ceremony they each prepare for their life together till they are wed. The groom prepares a home for them and the bride readies herself to be a wife and awaits his arrival to take her away into her new life with Him. In Luke we see Jesus bless the cup of wine and declare “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood, which is shed for you”. Every time we part take of the communion we remember His promise of return to be united with us, the price He paid to make us His own and deny the claim of death and sin over us.
In John 14:2, Jesus tells his newly betrothed church “I go to prepare a place for you…I will come and receive you unto myself: that where I am, you may be also.” “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you (John 14:18).” This poignant promise falls on the ears of the disciples who have no idea that the price of that promise was that in a few hours Jesus will be ripped apart by Roman whips and nails. He is a God who chose to display His faithfulness by hanging on a cross in our stead.
Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life… Whosoever that lives and believes in me shall never die (John 11:26).” Romans 10:11 says “Whosoever believes in Him, shall not be ashamed…either Jew or gentile.” The promises in the word of God, is for any and all to receive. The only requirement to enter into Gods promises for you is that you believe Jesus fulfilled on the cross all that is needed for our salvation (Romans 9:31,32). The promises of God are eternal and no one can take away your portion. Christ has promised us comfort, grace, peace, righteousness, love, joy, every good and perfect thing to sustain us till we are united in eternity. He is faithful and good to keep his promises to us.