Today's Devotion: August 29
Possessing the Promises
…who through faith… obtained promises.
The Bible is full of promises, but how are they obtained? Can we purchase them like items in a store? Can we earn them like wages in a factory? Can we win them like dollars in a lottery? If you have a perplexity in your life presently, there’s surely a promise in the Bible meeting your need. If you’re worried about the future, there’s a word from God to give you confidence. But how do you occupy that promise?
Through faith! It’s like salvation. Christ has already purchased what we need and it’s available by grace. Our job is to receive it by faith, which means trusting Him to do just as He has said. God has given us the gift of faith that we can take what’s unseen and make it part of who we are.
Hebrews 11 gives lots of examples of that, including Abraham (see Hebrews 11:8-18). He didn’t know where he was going or how to find the land promised him, but he took every forward footstep with the assurance that God could and would unerringly guide him. We can do the same and through faith obtain the promises.
We “obtain promises” by faith…. We have “access by faith”into the grace that is given us in our Lord Jesus Christ… and are enabled to live by faith, to stand by faith, to walk by faith.1
Hannah Whitall Smith, in The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life
1Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life (Wildside Press, 2009), 39.