I used to make promises to my kids when they were young. Things like: “Tomorrow we will go to the park, I promise!” or “Susie can come over to play next week. Yes, I promise.”

What was I thinking? So often, things did not turn out like I’d planned. And I ended up breaking my promise. Eventually I learned to be very careful about making promises. Because sometimes, no matter how hard I tried or how badly I wanted to keep a promise, there were circumstances beyond my control. And one of my kids was particularly sensitive about broken promises.

We humans are not very good at keeping promises. But, our God is the ultimate promise keeper. God doesn’t break promises. There are never circumstances beyond His control, never situations He didn’t foresee.

In the sixth chapter of the book of Hebrews we learn that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18). Because of this we can take hold of the hope He offers and be “greatly encouraged” by the promises He has made to us. Verse 19 reads, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

The Bible is full of promises God makes to His children. Many of them are promises to help us, strengthen us, walk with us, and guide us in the midst of trouble. The truth that we can firmly trust in the promises of God is like an anchor for our souls. This hope holds us fast and secure as the waves of life toss us about. We may get a little seasick, but we won’t drift away and we won’t sink!

What promise of God do you need to hold onto today?

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