God’s Promises Are For You. Yes, For You.
When a child receives a promise from his father that he will get to go the theme park in the weekend, he goes through the entire week in eager anticipation. He starts to prepare what to wear and what to bring on that day. He talks about and perhaps, brags about it to his friends at school. He talks, behaves and lives according to the promise he has been given. He lines himself up with the promise. He makes himself available for the promise. He views and lives his life that week from a lens that an exciting plan is going to come to pass, as his father has promised.
Just as a child does so in response to his earthly father’s promise, how much more ought we as children of God, do so when we receive a promise from God, our Heavenly Father!
We read in the Bible in the Book of Luke about how Mary receives a promise from God through an angel.
Luke 1:30-33 & 35 (NLT)
30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary” the angel told her…
31 “You will conceive and give birth to a Son, and you will name Him Jesus.
32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.
33 And He will reign over Israel forever; His Kingdom will never end!”
35 “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
So the baby to be born will be holy, and He will be called the Son of God.
What an astounding promise God gives to Mary, who is then a fiancée to Joseph and is still a virgin. Not an ordinary promise of an outing or a beautiful dress. But an extraordinary promise of a miracle that God is about to do in and through her life.
Mary must have felt bewildered and confused. She must have also been jittery at the prospect of being called an ‘unwed’ mother. Yet, she responds to God’s promise with, “Yes, I am a servant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 (NET/NLT)
Mary completely receives, believes and agrees with God’s promise given to her. She lays hold of the promise and gets on with her life from the perspective of this promise from God. And it indeed turns out that it is to her according to God’s Word. She miraculously conceives by the Holy Spirit and gives birth to Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of the world Whom we celebrate at Christmas each year.
During the Christmas season, many of us begin to wind down and take stock of the year that has passed. We think of goals achieved, as well as dreams not fulfilled. We may bring the yet-to-fulfill dreams over to the next year, or even think about writing them off as ‘impossible’.
This Christmas season, I believe God has for us something bigger than we think. He wants us not to wind down and think that it is too late in the year for our dreams to be fulfilled. Instead, God wants us to gear up! Gear up for the fulfillment of His promises in our life.
Perhaps you started out this year with a promise from God you received in your personal devotion, at a church service or through a Christian brother or sister. Perhaps it is a promise of a life partner, advancement in career, reconciliation with loved ones, progress in studies, growth in personal walk with God or fruits in your evangelism and discipleship. However, as months have gone by, you have begun to wind down and think, “Maybe that promise is for next year” or “Maybe the promise is not for me after all.”
God is saying to us, “Don’t wind down, my child. Gear up.”
My friends, be like Mary who simply and wholeheartedly lays hold of God’s promise. God tells us in Luke 1:37 (NLT), “For the word of God will never fail.”
This Christmas season, live your life each day with an eager anticipation that God’s promises to you are coming to pass. Line your life up with the promises. Stay in faith. Say like Mary says, “Yes, I am a servant of the Lord.” Obey God’s Commandments. Love and serve God and His church. And it shall be to you according to God’s Word.
Gear up. God’s promises are for you. And He is fulfilling every one of them. For you.
Join me in this prayer.
“Dear God, I thank You that all Your promises are to bless and prosper Your children. I thank You that Your Word never fails. To each of Your promises, I say to You, “Let it be to me according to Your Word.” To all Your instructions and commandments, I say to You, “I follow and obey.” I know that my faith and obedience position me to receive all the good works You want to do in my life and through my life. This Christmas season, I look to You not only as the Giver of Promises but also a Sure Keeper and Deliverer of the Promises. I expect in faith all the blessings You want to pour forth in my life and I commit to serve You and the people around me with these blessings, so that many more people may know Your love and goodness. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”