And this is what He promised us – eternal life. 1 John 2:25 NIV
I make lists. And I love crossing them off.
Each little 'to do' that's done, somehow is satisfying. But recently in another great book by Max Lucado, Unshakable Hope, I read this at the end: "In the first chapter I told you that the promises of this book are some of my favorites. Now that I've shared my list, I urge you to create your own."
That's a challenge we should embrace. The real challenge will be identifying favorites. If we found all the promises in the Bible and wrote them down we would have a very long list. But what about some that speak right to our hearts, written as though they were just for us?
I'm thinking that as we find them, we personalize them. Like this: "His divine power has given Paris everything she needs for life and godliness through her knowledge of Him who called her" 2 Peter 1:3a NIV. Your turn, put your name in there, for He has given you everything you need as well.
This is fun, you first: "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard (insert your name) heart and (insert your name) mind in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7 NIV
The thing about this list is we don't cross them off; we hold them and read them until that someday we see the Promise Maker face to face.
As we find these treasures, make our lists, and read them again and again they become part of us. They are there when we need them most. When doubt creeps in, or we utterly fail along the way, or we reach out to a hurting soul - sure words that don't let us down and will help us through.
It seems that weariness is overtaking just about everyone around the world these days - oh so tired of the way of things. The brokenness of our fallen world piling so high some can no longer find hope. But that doesn't mean Hope has deserted us. For Jesus will never leave us or forsake us - and He is coming back.
Which reminds me of this promise - it's for you and for me: "and Paris and (your name) will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:11 NIV
Father, Thank You for promises that have been kept and promises that will be fulfilled. In Your steadfastness we can rest on the hope of eternity and joy in the present – no matter what. Help us list Your promises that speak to our hearts so we can hang tightly to them through every high and every low. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.