Today’s devotion is, “The Precious Promises Of God!” My text is II Peter 1:1-8, but for space, I’ll use vs. 4. “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (KJV) The “exceeding great and precious promises” to which our text refers are given to us by a God who “cannot lie.” The Word of God is literally packed full of precious promises and it is our great loss if we fail to find them, trust them and enjoy them.
The promises of God’s Word bring salvation from both the penalty and the power of sin, for by these promises, we are made partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in this world through lust. What great power there is in the great promises of God! But as the entirety of our text brings out, our Lord also promises us “His divine power” and that He will bring to pass in our lives “all things that pertain to life and Godliness.” We should claim God’s promises every day as we find ourselves in a world that opposes Christ, His Word, and true Christians. Just as our salvation depends entirely upon what Christ has done for us, likewise a victorious Christian life depends entirely upon what Christ has promised to do through us.
As we increase in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, we will experience the manifold grace and peace that we need day by day. You might ask, How? It comes by faithful, diligent and disciplined study of the Word of God, by fervent, genuine prayer, by yielding to the will of God as He speaks to your heart from His Word, and by proving through the life you and I live that the promises of God are indeed true. Those who search out and put into practice the many great and precious promises of God’s Word will be able to say along with Joshua in Joshua 23:14, “…not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.”
Pastor Joey Durham