Every promise in the book is mine; Every chapter, every verse and every line; All are blessings of His love divine; Every promise in the book is mine - So goes the words of a chorus I used to sing in church.
The Bible contains 3000 to 5000 promises of God according to different estimates. Some are given to specific individuals and never repeated again. Others refer to the nation of Israel. Yet the majority of the promises are given to those who trust God e.g. Psalm 1 promises success to the person who meditates and follows God’s word. It is beneficial to delight in God’s Word (Psalm 1:2-3)
Bible reading and study are not popular today. We are unwilling to spend time to read, research, reflect and pray about how to apply the Bible to everyday life. We prefer to watch a video clip or listen to a short word on our mobile phones. Pastors and Christian leaders are guilty too. I realize that it is my loss when I don’t take time in God’s word.
If we don’t read His Word, how can we know His promises? If we don’t know His promises, how can we appropriate them for ourselves? And if we don’t enjoy His promises, we are impoverished by our lack of knowledge.
As we continue the Joshua series, I strongly encourage you to obey what Joshua 1:8 says, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
What promises from God are you holding onto? Let’s believe God!
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
- Bob Lum