God’s promises are certain and true. We are firmly cautioned not to become lazy or seek to take matters into our own hands. Instead we are wise to imitate those who live faithfully and to trust the promises of God for ourselves. The writer of this letter hoped to refresh a specific promise made years ago for his readers, one that had impact on their lives, and still does on our lives today. For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.
Reminders about the past can give healthy encouragement to those in the present. “Team white van” made a long drive from Texas to Florida and allowed us to enjoy a great family Christmas gathering at Russell’s dad’s home. Along the way, we stopped in Pensacola where I met first Russ thirty years earlier. I loved reminiscing about our early days as a couple and telling our kiddos, each one now older than we were back when we first fell in love, about how I met their father. There were some turbulent times during the years leading up to sealing our love with a promise on our wedding day. By God’s grace that promise stands. God models faithful promise keeping. He is just and will not forget our love toward Him and diligence toward loving others. Be strong until the end, for we can have confidence in Him. And as His Story faithfully tells, His promises include blessings!