The Bible teaches that God’s “eternal power and divine nature” are clearly understood by everyone, since they are revealed in creation itself. Our own selves and the world we live in reveal God’s power and character. But, those of us educated by and conformed to modern Western culture may have a hard time accepting the fact that this evidence exists in nature, because we think as secular humanists. Yet it is true. Creation itself testifies not only to the existence of God, but also to his eternal power, and it provides details of God’s personal character - that he is organized, creative, well planned, caring, providing, personal, eternal, transcendent, and more.
There is also detailed revelation that has been recorded from the beginning of time in written form and collected in what we call the Word of God, or the Bible. In the text of Scripture the plan of God and greater detail regarding his eternal character are revealed. This revealed information can all be classified as promises of God. Keep in mind however, that not every “promise” in the Word of God is something we would desire or find pleasant in our fallen human state. The natural man might not consider many of God’s promises to be positive things.
Some of the promises in the Bible can be likened to things we might use our three wishes from a genie in a bottle on. They are things we would not hesitate to call blessings. These promises guarantee what God is going to do for us. They may manifest in our temporal lives by being fulfilled in a moment, or in days, or months, or even years.
Many of the promises of God come with qualifying conditions - akin to “wait for it” - and require us to possess certain character traits such as endurance, patience, faithfulness, and confidence. Some of these promises are given along with phrases such as “in that day”, “in due season”, “do not give up”, and even “these died in faith not having received the things promised but having seen them and greeted them from afar.”
I will identify a few of the promises we have available to us in the Word of God here in the next few chapters. I would like to begin with two overall summary statements. The first is:
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! – 1 Chronicles 16:34
…giving thanks to the Lord: For He is good” – Ezra 3:11
Good and upright is the Lord. – Psalm 25:8
No one is good but One, that is, God – Jesus quoted in Mark 10:18
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. – James 1:17
To have faith in God and to enter into his rest your soul will have to hear, understand, and believe that God is good. If you cannot accept this promise, then you cannot have faith in the true God - and you will never enter his rest.Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11:6
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. – Romans 1:18
So, what may be known about God is revealed and available for those who want to seek and find the Lord. This second promise is a great promise. Not only is God good, but if you want to find this good God he promises that you will find him.I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. – Proverbs 8:17
From there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. – Deuteronomy 4:29
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
Jesus said: “I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” – Luke 11:9-10
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. – Hebrews 4:11-12