It is one of my favorite passages of Scripture as Gabriel the angel from God declares in Luke 1:36-37, “For with God nothing is impossible.” It reflects the amazing surety of the promises of God; God keeps each and every one!Eugene Peterson points out that first a childless couple conceives and then a virgin conceives. All as a result of a prayer heard by God who responds with a promise, and God’s promises always come with a purpose.
God’s Promise of help, hope, and deliverance is clearly predicted in the coming of the Messiah and clearly fulfilled in Christ alive and at work both in us and in this world. Though the prophecies were numerous and unfolded just as God had promised, this Messiah and His coming were not what the people were expecting. Especially surprised were those who found themselves cast as a part of His life, ministry, and miracles. God’s promises are much more than just general proclamations. They are personal covenants guaranteed by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God has been, is, and will be faithful to deliver precisely what God promised.
So as we live with joyful expectation this Advent Season, let me encourage you to personalize the promises of God. These are not just any promises. They are the promises from your Heavenly Father who loves you dearly and who takes joy in seeing us cooperate with His promises that the purpose of His glory be revealed.