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November 11, 2016

Agreeing with God: Faith

Filed under Sabbath Thoughts

There are two possibilities for us when it comes to God's promises: We either take God at His word, or we don't. We either believe His promises, or we don't.

King David was convinced that God can fulfill His promises: "Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast" (Psalm 33:8-9).

David conviction was related to his admiration for God's creation: "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses" (verses 6-7). It wasn't the first time that David expressed his deep respect for the creative power of our heavenly Father: "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalm 8:3-4).

David knew that what God says will happen will happen. He knew that God keeps His promises.

The nice thing about God is that His promises do not depend on us agreeing with them. God doesn't need our approval to fulfill His promises. God will also resurrect those people at the Great White Throne Judgment who did not believe in Him. Then He will also offer salvation to those who did not believe in any transcendental purpose for human life.

However, for those called today, agreement with God concerning His promises is very important. When God promises us His goodness and mercy, He really means it. When God says that He will not allow us to be tested beyond what we can bear, then He will keep His word (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Do we believe God's promises, or are they just nice platitudes that help brighten our otherwise drab day a bit? If we doubt that God will fulfill His promises, it is like calling God a liar. And God is most certainly not a liar! So let's remember: "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6).

With these thoughts I wish everyone a rewarding Sabbath!

Paul Kieffer's blog with personal insights and news from the German-language region in Europe.


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