When I hear the word promise, I think of linked pinkies and spit handshakes and well-meaning wishes. However, to really understand the word, we need to find out what God means. Interestingly, there is no mention of God in the Old Testament ever saying “I promise.” So why are we focusing on promises? Because the Bible does: “For He remembered His holy promise, and Abraham His servant” (Psalm 105:42, KJV).
Another translation of the previous verse is: “For He remembered His holy word with Abraham His servant.” All of the instances in which the word promise appears in both the New and Old Testaments can be literally translated: “word, something spoken, an appropriate announcement, spoken arrangement, etc.”
God’s word is so trustworthy that whatever He says, He will accomplish. We consider God’s proclamations as promises because He is absolutely faithful. Numbers 23:19 reminds us that “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 it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
In the Psalm 105 passage, the promise referred to is one of deliverance. God promised that Abraham’s descendants would not remain in slavery. So the promise (which also applies to us) is a promise of Freedom!
A promise is something spoken which carries an expectation of fulfillment. It is said that Jesus fulfilled 352 prophecies; He is the Expected One who fulfilled the Word of God. Because of that, we can believe His promises.
If you hope in the true Word of God, and His promise to save you and set you free, then you may put your heart to rest. As Abraham, who set out from his homeland because of his faith in the Word of God, you may enter into the journey towards fulfilled promises as well.
“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:11–12)
Excerpts taken from Doors of Destiny Traveler’s Companion by Darlene Melcher