December 31

David prayed, “And now, O Lord God, as for the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, confirm it forever; do as you have promised.” 2 Samuel 7:25

In Jesus Christ every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God.   2 Corinthians 1:20

As we anticipate the new year we hear much about New Year’s resolutions. Each year thousands of us try to set goals that will improve our quality of life. The problem is that we find it difficult to continue to do these good things we have promised to ourselves. Most resolutions are soon disregarded as people return to their old ways. 

Not so with God and his promises. When God promises, He never forgets, and he always fulfills as he has promised. Throughout the Old testament God foretold of the coming of the one who would save believers from their sins. God hurt as much as any loving parent does when his/her child dies. Yet, he loved us so much that he let his son be crucified. God fulfilled this promise when he sacrificed his son, Jesus, whose birth we have just celebrated. When Jesus rose again he conquered sin and saved all believers. Sometimes we fail to listen. God needs to speak to us over and over again, because we doubt. He is always there to allay our doubts and fears and to welcome us back to his fold. Can we be so bold as to share his powerful promise of salvation? Let it be so.

Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Thank you for your powerful promise of salvation to all of us who believe. We are unworthy of this gracious gift you have given us. Yet you loved us beyond all we can understand. Help us to receive this gift and to trust trust in your goodness to us. To your honor and glory be all praises. Amen

Florence Smallfield