SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2012.
THE LORD’S PROMISES NEVER FAIL
‘I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey- the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites now live’ (Ex. 3v17).
GOD is not like politicians who make promises they never fulfil. At electioneering campaigns, they make bogus assurances, like provision of potable water, electricity, good roads etc. Whatever God says He will do, He does. He is not a man and therefore cannot lie.
For over 400 years, the children of Israel were oppressed in Egypt. They were reduced to slaves. They built treasure cities for Pharaoh. Yet, God was determined to set His people free from bondage. He sent Moses to lead them, saying: ‘I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt’ (Ex. 3v17).
God performed many miracles, overwhelming Pharaoh and his men. Pharaoh was adamant and would not let Israel go. But under the mighty hand of God, he succumbed. He still changed his mind, later, sending horsemen to pursue and bring back the children of Israel. There was palpable fear. Israel looked. Their oppressors were pursuing (Ex. 14v10-12).
Sometimes, when we are faced with life-threatening challenges, we feel that God might not do very much about our situation. Little wonder that God, through Moses, spoke to His children: ‘And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not. Stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever’ (Ex. 14v13). Let us be encouraged that God will deal with all Egyptians against our family and us.
There is always singing and dancing when God delivers His people. For Israel, God was a warrior and a deliverer. And through Moses, they sang a song of deliverance: ‘then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spoke, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for He hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone’ (Ex. 15v1-5).
God will never fail his people. He proved Himself to Abraham when He said that through him all families of the earth would be blessed. Abraham and Sarah were getting older. Yet, Abraham believed and trusted God. Sarah, his wife, almost lost faith in God. She was not aware of the Person who made science– the God of impossibilities. He said: ‘Is anything too hard for the LORD?’(Gen. 18v14) God’s promises are sure. A songwriter says: ‘That is why you are called Jehovah/What you say you will do/That is what you will do/That is why you are called Jehovah’.
In due season, Sarah bore Isaac, in fulfilment of God’s promises. If we deal with sin, we would access the promises of God. As we prepare for these ‘ember’ months, let us be determined to deal with every aspect of unrighteousness. The God of promise is here to bless, deliver and bring us to an expected end. He says: ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end’ (Jer. 29v11).
Be assured: whatever you are promised by God shall surely come to pass. Only believe. He will never fail you.Ven. Ernest Onuoha Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.