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God Keeps His Promises

Earlier this week I did an online devotional on II Peter 3:9 which says, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." I noted that God made promises to Adam & Eve, Noah's family, and eventually to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. That's what He does. He makes promises and keeps them. One could look no further than the rainbow in the cloud to see the faithfulness of God (Genesis 9:13).

If you read through the book of Genesis you will see how God continued to faithfully fulfill His work of the Abrahamic covenant by keeping promise after promise. By the time we get to the book of Exodus, the people of Israel had become a great nation. Even though they had spent 400 years immersed in the pagan culture of Egypt, they did not forget their God. They remembered God's Promises.

I love the wisdom that Uncle Ben imparts to Peter Parker (Spiderman), when he says, "With great power... comes great responsibility." Jesus said it best: "Where much is given... much is required" (Luke 12:48). As a Christian I know with great blessings come great responsibilities. God had to remind Moses of this great truth. The people who were guided out of Egypt were set apart to be a holy nation, a kingdom of priests, and a special people. They were to follow the One True God.

Think about the ten plagues the Israelites witnessed in Egypt. God clearly demonstrated, to both Israel and Egypt, that He alone is God. He alone is Holy. He alone is faithful. He will not be mocked without consequences. He will protect His people. Once His people were set free, God revealed His own holiness demands that His people live by holy standards. These holy statutes are visible in the Ten Commandments and eventually in the writing of the entire Law of Moses.

Paul teaches us that the Law teaches us what sin is (Romans 3:20). The Law reveals our sin because it reveals God’s holiness and our inability to be holy without His divine guidance (Romans 3:23, 6:23). As we transition into the New Testament we learn that the Old Law can serve as a tutor to lead people to Christ (Galatians 3:24, Hebrews 8:8-9, 10:1-4, Jeremiah 31:31-34, II Timothy 3:16-17). In other words, we can take solace in the promises of God now because He has kept His promises before now. Every. Single. One. And He will do the same today and tomorrow. You can count on Him!

You are loved.

Ray Reynolds

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