It probably goes without saying that we all like a good promise. It’s a word with anticipation! Just think, because of the promise, something is ours.
Being a grandfather has brought me into the world of promises more frequently than I can remember! My grandchildren seem to lock away my words when I tell them “I’m going to ‘do something.’” They’re more than prone to come back to affirm, plan on, count on, or anticipate that word I gave them.
There are a couple key things to the “promise” or when grandpa tells them he’s going to do something.
First, there’s the foundation of every promise. Without a foundation for the promise, all you have is a pretense! What makes grandpa’s promise worth anything is that grandpa does what grandpa says he does.
Now comes the second key thing. With a foundation for a promise you can rest on it, rely on it, revel in it, or realize it in the coming days. A promise can build faith and ground hope. It can bring peace and set perspective.
This takes me to the image I made of this storm over the Grand Canyon. In the midst of the storm there was the promise in the storm, the “bow in the clouds” promised by our heavenly Father that He would never again bring devastation upon the earth by flood!
There’s even more here in this Word from God! The “bow in the clouds” marks the new beginning of life, a life ravaged by sin. This promise will unfold in our heavenly Father bringing righteousness for all of us, a righteousness made full in our Savior, the Lord Jesus, who died for sin so that by His grace, through our faith, we can have His very righteousness as our own!
All this unfolded from a promise, not built on any pretense, but founded upon the very Word of God! Here we most definitely build faith and ground hope, find peace and set perspective. And, in the storm of life, this promise is there!