“Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, so that your name will be great forever.” (2 Samuel 7:25-26)
God made a promise to King David after denying David’s request to build God a temple: the Sovereign Lord promised David that his house and his kingdom would endure forever and his throne would be established throughout all eternity. David would not be the builder of God’s temple, for God had chosen David’s son Solomon to perform this task. But God made a profound promise to His servant David, who pleased His Lord by reminding Him of it. God not only welcomes our reminders, but He wants us to plead His promises daily—not for His benefit, but for ours. Omniscience needs no reminding, but we certainly do!
So . . . when was the last time you said to Jesus, “Do as you promised!” When you are feeling distant from God, plead the promise He made to never leave you nor forsake you . . . and soon you will be back in communion with your God. If you find yourself facing a formidable medical challenge, plead the promise of the peace He said He would give you . . . and soon that peace will pass all understanding. Perhaps you are facing some overwhelming challenge at work or in school; plead the promise that all things work together for your good . . . and soon you will see just how much God is for you. And if you feel like you have really blown it—I mean really messed things up—plead the promise of His unconditional forgiveness . . . and though your sins be as scarlet, they will soon be white as snow.
God receives our reminders and returns to us multiple rewards. We have nothing in ourselves to broker God’s favor except His promise to be favorable to us. Plead the promises He has made to you and prepare yourself for His answers to rain down from heaven above. Remember, God did not free the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt after 400 years just to leave them to die out in the wilderness. He brought them out of Egypt to bring them into a living and loving relationship with Himself. A pillar of cloud led them, manna came down from heaven, water came out from a rock, and quail were supernaturally blown in from the sea, for God had promised to bring them into a land flowing with milk and honey.
Regardless of where this finds you today, know that your Father in heaven loves to hear you cry, “Do as you promised!” The problem is that we forget that our God is far more ready to hear our cries than we are to make them. It is to our benefit to remind God of the promises He has made, because in the challenges of daily living, we can easily forget them. And in so doing, we forget the glorious goodness of our Great God, for He will always do as He has promised!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!