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Causal Effect of a Promise

Jeremiah 33:14-16

These are the words of Yahweh, during the time of Jeremiah, the Prophet-
Jer 33:14 Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform the good word that I have spoken to the house of Israel, and to the house of Juda. Jer 33:15 In those days, and at that time, I will make the bud of justice to spring forth unto David, and he shall do judgment and justice in the earth. Jer 33:16 In those days shall Juda be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell securely: and this is the name that they shall call him, The Lord our just one.

Let’s try to draw points from God’s promise to the Israelites during this particular episode of their life. 

I see the following causal effects of  God’s promise for our reflection today.

I. Gives Power

♦At present or at the moment it was pronounced to the hearers

     ♦In the future and its fulfillment      

     ♦Strength and invigoration

II. Gives Hope

     ♦In the midst of the situation where they are

     ♦That something better is to come

     ♦The present situation is not the ultimate one

III. Gives a New Perception

♦ A new understanding and action

Conclusion

♦A promise is not a dead word it is a power that accomplishes something from the one that promised and to the one whom the promise is offered.

♦These are the words ears want to hear, promises eyes want to see, promises the minds to want to retain and bear, and the promises the living want to live for.

Promises, therefore, are realities that come in their own times.

God has taught and shown us that promises are not dead words rather they are alive and should be an inseparable part of the new things to come.

The new things that will preserve, enhance and give life’s meaning to all the living.

 

6 Comments

  1. It is not often that I write on posts that are related to faith as I think it is a very personal thing.

    A promise is defined as – a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen.

    The promise will have no strength if it does not come to be.

    It is not just about giving power or hope, but a promise is an oath that something will actually take place.

    I would not want anyone to promise me something to just give me hope, but rather to commit to something actually take place or they would lose credibility with me.

    Hope it is ok to share my thoughts.

    Tim

    • Hi Tim, 

      You are right a promise is not a dead word it is a power that accomplishes something from the one that promised and to the one whom the promise is offered. Promises, therefore, are realities that come in their own times.

      God has taught and shown us that promises are not dead words rather they are alive and should be an inseparable part of the new things to come.

      Do you think you will not be strengthened if someone will assure you of something in the future? Promises are words that empower us and give us hope because we believe that the one who promised will fulfill them.

        • In human side there are many times they fail in their promises so we have to wait if they can fulfill it.
          In the experiences of people in having a covenant relatioship with God it is God that does’t fail even in the faithfulness of his people.

  2. Thank you for sharing your understanding and reflection on Jeremiah 33:14-16. 

    One of the things I came to realize after becoming a believer in Jesus is that when God promises something, He is sure to accomplish or fulfill it, in His own time. God is faithful as we read in His dealings with the nation of Israel. No matter how rebellious they were, God had always come to their rescue every time they called upon His name and it’s because when God made a covenant with His people, He swore it by His name and He can’t go back on His words.

    I once was asked what assurance do I have that God will fulfill what He has promised, to which I replied, “If God kept His promises to the nation of Israel, He too will keep His promises to the Church.” The Bible says that God is faithful even when we are faithless or unfaithful to Him. This we can count on because faithfulness is part of who God is.

    I certainly agree, knowing how faithful God is in keeping His promises gives us power, hope and a new perception. God bless you!

    • Thanks, Alice for a theologically founded thought you’ve shared. I would add that God’s example of the faithfulness of his own promises challenges us to follow how faithful he is.  We have to reflect his attributes because we are created in his image, meaning we should also promise and be faithful to do it.

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