Psalm 86:11-17; Genesis 25:12-18; Revelation 2:8-11

David relies on God’s promise of faithfulness. “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).  

Abraham dies (Genesis 25) and we see that God remembers his promise to Abraham, providing Ishmael with descendants and land. We can count on the Lord to fulfill whatever he promises.

Finally, we read about the Church in Smyrna (one of the seven churches in Revelation 2-3), whose people are suffering for following Jesus.   God, through Jesus Christ,  calls them to endurance and faithfulness and then provides these words promising victory to those who are faithful.  “These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again…Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown” (Revelation 2:8, 10).

From Genesis to Revelation and throughout the Bible we meet the God who loves his people and who promises to be faithful.  Like David, in Psalm 86 we can praise the Lord our God with all of our heart and glorify him forever.  In Jesus we will be victorious, even over death itself. Today, let’s remember what the Lord has done for us throughout our lives.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give you thanks for your everlasting promises to all those who love the Lord Jesus Christ, “who died and came to life again” for us.  We are grateful that we can count on you; In Jesus name, we pray, Amen!