A series exploring the Promises of God
In 2020, Rich put together a 24-part devotional leading us through the Bible over the Advent season.
It’s based on the writings of Charles Spurgeon, and every day features a promise from God to humanity that finds its fulfilment in Jesus. If you’re looking for something to help stir your heart and draw you to God over this festive season, click here (or the ‘Advent Devotional’ tab at the top of the page) to find the complete series.
You can either get stuck in right away, or read on for an introduction…
Throughout the Bible, God makes promises to His people — promises given so that, by faith, we can take hold of them to reflect on and present back to God in prayer. Each promise ultimately finds its fulfilment in Jesus, and because of that, they can help us lift our eyes to the hope of the ‘good news’ that we celebrate over the Christmas season, and draw us close to the One who draws near to us.
The great English preacher Charles Spurgeon writes that the promises from God for His people, found throughout the Bible, can be compared to a cheque waiting to be cashed. With the rise of internet banking, contactless payment, and Apple Pay, we might not use cheques quite as often now as we once did, but the image of receiving a cheque and taking it to the bank to be cashed still provides an illustration which might be helpful for us.
Spurgeon writes that promises, like cheques, are given to the believer in order to bestow upon us a good thing. We are to receive them as true, to accept them by faith as our own, and then to believingly present them back to Lord as we might hand them over at the counter of a bank. Whether we receive the full promised amount immediately, or whether we must patiently await its arrival at a later date, we are to count the blessing contained within as ours, and live accordingly from that moment on. We are to trust and to know that God has given no pledge which He will not redeem, encouraged no hope which He will not fulfil, and left no situation deficient of a promise He has prepared.
The pages of Scripture are filled with the promises of God to His people; words of comfort, of hope, of encouragement, of grace and of truth. Words to strengthen us in every trial, humble us in every moment of pride, and remind us of His goodness in every moment of doubt or forgetfulness. They were given to different people, in different cultures and contexts, at different points in history, and yet as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:20 — “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” Jesus is God’s supreme promise to you, His final word, and in Him we find the fullness of all the promises spoken by God throughout the ages. Each one points us to Jesus, illuminates Him, and calls us to draw close again.
In this Advent season, we will be focussing on a different promise every day, inspired by Spurgeon’s own writings in his devotional book “The Chequebook of the Bank of Faith”. Each one offers a moment each day to pause, gaze again at Christ, and take hold of all of He is and all that we have in Him. We hope you can join us on the journey!
To read the Devotionals each day, simply head to the “Advent Devotionals” tab at the top of this page, or click here.