Epiphany

Jesus the Promise Keeper

“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”

Joshua 23:14

He stood out in a crowd—a tall, handsome, man from Jamaica with a big smile. I saw him shaking people’s hands and heard each person tell him how encouraging his testimony was. As the crowd thinned, I wheeled up to him, leaned forward, and lifted my arm, a hint to let him know I wanted to shake hands. He smiled and leaned forward to extend his hand. Then a surprising thing happened: I realized he had no hands. This joyful Christian wore black fiberglass hands. We commented that even though we couldn’t feel it, our “handshake” sure looked good!

He smiled broadly and said, “Sister, aren’t you glad we have Jesus? We have his promises!” Jesus and his promises. They are virtually one and the same.

This disabled man from a poor country has staked his life on God’s promises. His promise to lead. To sustain. To protect and provide. To meet every need. How can I be so sure this Jamaican thrives on God’s promises? Because he loves Jesus, and as 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” To believe in Christ is to believe in God’s promises.

What promises anchor your faith? Can you say that not one of them has failed? You can if your anchor is Jesus. He and his promises have been there all along—consistent, faithful, tested, and true. If you ever bump into a tall, handsome Jamaican man with no hands, just ask him.

Father, help me to sink my anchor deep in your promises. As life’s waves broadside my boat, enable me to remember that every promise has its beginning and ending in Jesus.

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