Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye…
Making sure fingers aren’t crossed…
We are all very familiar with promises. Making them, breaking them…all of it. We’ve experienced the joy of someone following through on a promise made, increasing our trust in that person. But we’ve also experienced the pain of someone breaking a promise made to us. Maybe we’ve even been on the side responsible for breaking the promise. All of this to say, promises are nothing new to us. In fact, promises go back as far the Garden of Eden.
In Genesis 3:15, we see what is called the “protoevangelium” (there’s your 10-point word-of-the-day). The “protoevangelium” (or First Gospel) is the first promise ever made. What was this promise? Well, it was the promise of God that Jesus would crush the serpent’s head…that Jesus would be victorious over evil.
You see, God has been in the promise-making business for a long time. The Bible is full of God’s promises to his people. One person’s count puts the promises in the Bible at the number of 3573. There are promises of God’s provision, his protection, his deliverance, his judgment, and his love for us. Personally, one of my favorite promises in all of Scripture is found in James 4:8.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” - James 4:8 (ESV)
This is not just a hollow statement or a false comfort. It’s not a hopeful situation where we draw close to God and maybe he’ll show up…when he has the time…or if it’s important enough. No! This is God’s promise to us that when we draw near to him, he will draw near to us. That gives me hope and assurance that God’s love for me is always there and He is always ready to engage in relationship with me.
Since I gave you the first promise in Scripture, I see it fitting to leave you with the last promise we see in the Bible:
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
- Revelation 22:20