Purpose of God’s Promise
Week 41: Oct 8th – Oct 14th
Bible passage to read:
“Do you intend to take this woman as your lawful….in sickness or in health, for richer or poorer till death do you part?”, “I will buy you a car on your 18th birthday”, “I will pick you up at the airport by 5 tomorrow. ” “i
What is the point here? Why do humans make promises?
Some would say: I do it because of the love I have for you and others would say: I am committed to doing this because I am the responsible adult!
A lot of emotions go with our promises. “You have married from a foreign land; therefore you cannot be part of our family anymore.” You have a tendency to be an alcoholic therefore you are not with us, in fact you are against us.” You have decided to be a gay prostitute; hence you seize to be part of us. “All the scenarios mentioned above are humanly and emotionally driven, but for God, his promises never fail!
Please do not get this wrong, there is no place for idolaters and fetish minds in the body I’d Christ as the scriptures says through apostle Paul: For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:5 NIV)
Be still and know that God, who is confident to say something about your future, is faithful to deliver his promises. It is sometimes difficult to wait on God’s promises as Abraham found in his lifetime. God had given him all he could even imagine before he decided to follow God but he did not get a child despite God constant promises and reminders of his vow.(Genesis 15:5). Joseph, on the other hand was shown God’s promises in a dream. The dream led him into slavery and a part of him must have reason in prison that: But God promised me greatness! What am I doing in the pits?
On both occasions above, God is constantly looking at the processes that his anointed are going through and also checking if the future is ready for us to take possession. Because he is the alpha and omega, he knows the end even from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), he works in mysterious ways to guide us even when we take the ‘wrong’ turn in life but as we have free will in making life decisions, it is very easy for a child of God to destroy God’s promise. The purpose of his promise is to galvanize us towards a position in life where God’s promises will be a perfect fit for our lives when time is ripe for us to receive his promise.
As we can observe from today’s passage, inventing a clever human scheme to go around God’s will happens very often. God has said through his prophets, do not do this, do not do that! But we obviously allow our emotions to rule over the right judgement. You have promised your child a large amount of money but you know he will not be able to handle the wealth until he begins to show some certain characteristics. Similarly, God knows best. Hagar, an Egyptian slave developed the seed of a generation that is known as the Palestinian state today. Thousands of years ago, an action was taken, man took matter into his own hands, and the change of God’s promise is complete and alive. As the purpose of God is beginning to unfold in our life and the body of Christ, Do you know where you are in that plan for the future?
Devotional Prayer Points
- I shall not look back like the wife of Saul in Jesus name
- I shall remain focused to the end in Jesus name
- Father, please help my unbelief
- Give me the grace to believe all your promises for my life in Jesus name
- Thank you Lord because of your good promises for me and my family
Author: Evangelist Daniel Daramola
Author: CCC Handbook Weekly Devotional
CCC Seventh Year Parish 2