God's Promises Never Fail
“There hath not failed one word of all his good promise.” (1 Kings 8:56b)
Kayla was sitting in the living room staring out the window when her grandfather came in.
“Why such a long face?" he asked. "It’s a beautiful day outside!”
Kayla frowned. “Yesterday, Dad promised to take me to the zoo today – but this morning he said he had to go to work instead. He broke his promise to me!”
Kayla's grandfather took a Bible off of the coffee table and sat down on the couch next to her. “I’m sorry you’re disappointed. Your dad didn't mean to fail you, but he had to go to work. We all get let down by other human beings. But there is One Who will never break a promise.”
Kayla sat up and listened closely. She couldn't think of anyone who had never broken a promise! Her grandfather opened the Bible to 1 Kings 8. Then he told her about the temple that King Solomon built. When the temple was finished, Solomon prayed to God and thanked Him for keeping the promises He had made to His children.
"It was Solomon's testimony," Kayla's grandfather told her. "He was talking about God when he said, 'There hath not failed one word of all his good promise.'"
“What kinds of promises did God keep?” Kayla asked.
Her grandfather told her about God’s promise to Abraham – the promise that, even though he was an old man, he would have a son. And that through his son, Abraham's family would grow to a number more than the number of stars in the sky. He also told her God’s promise to Moses that He would deliver Israel from Egypt and give them the promised land.
“The Bible is full of many more promises just as incredible!” her grandfather said. As he read the Bible to her, Kayla felt more and more amazed that all those promises could have come true.
"But what about you, Grandpa? Are you sure God kept all those promises? Are you sure He will keep promises to you?”
Her grandfather smiled and nodded. “My favorite of all the promises is the promise of eternal life for those who trust Jesus Christ as their Savior." He turned in his Bible to the book of Hebrews, and pointed to chapter 10, verse 23 – “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).” Kayla's grandfather leaned over and gave her a big hug. “We never have to doubt God’s promises. We can trust Him that He will never let us down.”
God will keep all of His promises.
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Truth In Real Life
Frances Ridley Havergal
“I committed my soul to the Savior, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment.”
Frances Ridley Havergal was born in England on December 14, 1836. Her father, William Henry Havergal, was a well-known and well-respected hymn writer. She would grow up to be much like her godly and talented father.
From an early age, Frances was well-educated. She learned to read at age 3, began memorizing the Bible at age 4, and wrote her first poetry at age 7. As a teenager, she memorized entire books of the Bible, including Psalms, Isaiah, and most of the New Testament!
Her father encouraged her to write hymns and sent her to study in Germany when she was 16. While in Germany, she devoted her life to Jesus Christ.
Frances wrote 71 hymns in the English language, including “Like a River Glorious”; “Who is on the Lord’s Side?”; and “Take My Life, and Let it Be.” She also wrote the music for some of her hymns, and her father wrote the music for others.
Frances Ridley Havergal and Fanny Crosby – two of the most famous women hymn writers in history – were contemporaries, which means they were living at the same time. Although they never met in person until they reached heaven, they were friends and pen pals. Frances once sent this poem to her friend Fanny:
Dear blind sister over the sea –
An English heart goes forth to thee.
We are linked by a cable of faith and song,
Flashing bright sympathy swift along
One in the East and one in the West,
Singing for Him whom our souls love best.
Are you using the gifts and talents and opportunities God’s given you? Do you use them for yourself or for His glory? Do you value God’s Word? Have you ever learned a Bible passage just because you wanted to?
Psalm 119:11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.