“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises….” (2 Peter 1:4 NIV)
The Bible has thousands of promises for the believer. This is wonderful, but guess what? The promises themselves don’t work… Only GOD works! Let’s give this some thought. Someone may make a promise to you, but you’re not sure if they will follow through; yet someone else may give you their word, and you set store by what that person has said. Why? Because you have complete trust in one, but perhaps not in the other. So when we say that we have faith in God’s promises, we are saying that we have faith in a person—in God himself! In fact, to separate God from his Word is to make the Bible—or his promises—akin to magic. And some do just that, leaving their dusty Bibles open perhaps to some Psalm as a sort of talisman, hoping the act will ward off evil spirits or result in good luck for the home. The enemy of our souls does not mind when we do this with the Scriptures or when, by rote, we quote something from a Bible promise book. Why? Because it’s an exercise in futility!
When we say that we believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible, and in the promises contained therein, we have to know that we are trusting in the one who gave us the Bible and those promises. This is where the devil attacks us: He attacks our faith that God himself will answer our prayers according to his promises, because without this faith, we would just be throwing up prayers and hoping they will work. Let’s not engage in this useless activity. Let’s believe that “[God] is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” Then let’s seek him with all of our heart, and let’s believe HIM for every single promise he has given us in his Word!
Read 2 Peter 1:3-15.