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Friday, July 14, 2017

God's Promises

In 1909, Good Housekeeping magazine launched the Good Housekeeping Institute. The purpose of the Institute is to serve American homes and homemakers by evaluating consumer products. Products that withstand the testing of the Institute staff are eligible to be included in the magazine’s list of "Tested and Approved" products. The products that make the grade receive the Good Housekeeping Seal. This seal tells consumers that the product is not just a good product, but also that the magazine itself is offering a limited warranty on the product. If the product is found to be defective within two years of its purchase, Good Housekeeping promises the consumer a refund, or repair or replacement of the product. The seal and its promise are both backed by Good Housekeeping’s Consumer Policy.

Throughout Scripture, there are many promises that God makes to His people. God promises that He will fight for us (Exodus 14:14). If we are weary and tired due to life’s difficulties, God promises that, when we put our hope in Him, our strength will be renewed (Isaiah 40:31). He promises that He will be with us in all our trials and tribulations and, as we walk through them, they will not overcome us (Isaiah 43:2). In fact, when we call on God in those times of trouble, He promises that He will deliver us (Psalm 50:15). In God’s Word, we are promised wisdom if we ask for it (James 1:5), and forgiveness of sins when we confess them (1 John 1:9). But perhaps the greatest of God’s promises is that, if we believe in His only Son, Jesus Christ, we will have eternal life (John 3:16; John 3:36).

All of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ. Just as the products reviewed by Good Housekeeping receive a “yes” in the form of the Good Housekeeping Seal, so God’s promises receive a resounding “YES!” through Christ. And we who have received salvation through Christ can add our “Amen!” to that. When we are in Christ, we are the embodiment of the promises of God, anointed and empowered through the gifts of the Holy Spirit to do God’s work. We are given a seal certifying that we belong to God. That seal is backed by God's name (Psalm 138:2) and by the Holy Spirit, who God puts in our hearts as a guarantee of all He has promised.

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