I know that many women are suspicious of their husbands when they bring home flowers.
Reference: v.18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. (NIV Bible)
Explore: We are often judged by our previous actions – or lack there of. I know that many women are suspicious of their husbands when they bring home flowers. If this is not a regular occurrence then the wife wonders why the husband feels the need to placate her with a gift! Or if a child is being particularly moody the parents will start to look for reasons why. With some children, at a certain age, being moody is a normal way of life! But for a child who is generally happy and content to suddenly start to regularly misbehave then the parents will start to investigate into what other thing is going on for that child. People generally have consistent behaviours and when we get to know someone well we are usually able to predict what they may say or do.
Application: God has consistent behaviours too. We can not always assume that we will know how or why God will act, but He does have certain consistencies. This passage in Hebrews picks up on a few of God's consistencies: He does not lie and He always keeps His promises. One way we can see this is by looking back through history – whether Biblical history or talking to people we know who have had faith in God for an extended period of time – and we will soon discover that this is true. We can see throughout the written Biblical history time and time again where God has spoken the truth and kept His promises. The great thing about God is that He is not about to change. God will continue to speak the truth into our lives and will never break a promise to us. We can hold firmly, seeing it in other people's lives, and believing it in our own life too, that God will remain faithful to those who are faithful to Him.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I doubt You. You have shown such faithfulness to your followers in the past. May I hold firmly to the belief that You will continue to do so. Amen.
When has God kept His promise to you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.