“…who through faith obtained promises, topped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire” (Hebrews 11:33, 34).).
Faith is required for you to receive the promises also. You receive the promises not from a man but from God of gods through the Holy Scripture. This is the promise of God who never goes back on His word.
John Bunyan, a devotee who wrote the famous book “Pilgrim’s Progress” found more than thirty thousand promises in the Scripture. He told that though there were such a huge number of promises, God is faithful to fulfil every one of them.
All the promises which God gave man were given by Him voluntarily out of mercy and grace. He has given all these promises to us freely out of His immeasurable grace and not expecting any reverence or any moral virtues. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (II Corinthians 1:20).
At the same time, there are promises similar to the one which Jacob received through fasting and pleading in prayer. That is why Paul the Apostle writes “….through faith obtained promises.” Yes. Faith is essential for this. When Jacob knew that his brother was coming with four hundred persons to attack him he was afraid. He had no strength to resist his brother. His conscience was also pricking him as he had cheated his brother some time back.
So, Jacob kept his four wives and twelve children away in a place and began to pray alone on the banks of the river Jabbok. At that time he found a man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
By faith, Jacob understood that the man was God and he believed that He will bless him and protect him releasing him from the hands of his brother. That is why Jacob pleaded “I will not let you go unless you bless me!”
That night itself Jacob received the promise from God. He, who was called as ‘deceiver’ till that time, was transformed into Israel, meaning ‘Divine Lord.’
Dear children of God receive the promises of God and hold them firmly. There are New Year promises and also God-given new month promises. Accept them with love and faith.
To meditate: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)