Sophia Kichou was a homeless teenager who turned to Centrepoint, a London organization that supports young people with housing and health care. Prince William is a patron of Centrepoint; when she was 18 years old Sophia met him and shared her dream of becoming a journalist. The prince said he would give her an interview when she reached her goals. Last December, he fulfilled that six-year-old promise, inviting Sophia to Kensington Palace and giving her an exclusive interview.
Promises reveal our character. Do we make them quickly and forget to follow through? Or do we refuse to promise anything, unwilling to be bound by any commitments? As our text today tells us, God has made us many incredibly wonderful promises—and He fulfills them all in Christ.
The apostle Paul was facing charges from some in the church in Corinth that he was fickle, untrustworthy, and unreliable. Part of their accusation seems to be that Paul had intended to visit the church on a trip to Macedonia, but he was unable to see them as he had planned (vv. 15–17). Paul appeals to the perfect plan of God as part of his defense. Even when our human plans are derailed, God’s plan and promise for us remain secure.
In Christ, God has redeemed us, sanctified us, and given us His Spirit (vv. 21–22). Because of these gifts, we can have confidence in His faithfulness. His plans are never thwarted. We can proclaim the good news of new life available in Jesus with full assurance that God will not change His mind or retract the offer.
We can stand firm in the gospel and live to glorify Him, knowing that all God’s promises are “Yes” in Christ (v. 20).
Apply the Word
Have you been disappointed by someone in your life? Do broken promises litter your past, causing you sorrow and doubt? No one can perfectly keep every promise and meet every need—but God. Take your pain and heartache to Him, trusting His promise to one day wipe every tear and heal every wound (see Isa. 25:8; Rev. 21:4).