The Lord Has Promised Good To Me, His Word My Hope Secures

By: Curtis Ophoven   3/20/2012

A humanistic worldview says that we deserve the promises of a good life; because we are good by our own definition and in that we should be able to put our hope in a good future. 

But this is an empty promise because there is no truth to support its claim and the evidence of the lack of goodness in the heart of humanity is everywhere.  It is a statement of blind faith that will continue to disappoint anyone that believes in it. 

The promise of the good life will never be found while denying the reality of the condition of the human heart.  The only place capable of supporting the promise of a good life is to stop denying the reality of the condition of the human heart and start believing in the reality of God’s solution to address our condition.

When they asked Jesus what the work of the Lord was he said, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” – John 6:29  It is that simple.

The fourth verse of the famous song Amazing Grace - one of my favorites, goes like this; "The Lord has promised good to me... His word my hope secures."

The Lord created each one of us with a unique plan for our lives.

""For I know the plans I have for you," Declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you And not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future."" - Jeremiah 29:11

The Lord Promises Good To Us

People don't realize that there is tremendous value in reading what God says about us. He says good things about us, and reading about all the things he says about us is amazing. He has more good things to say about us than anyone else in this world.  No other book contains as many good things about us.

His love for us is poured out from the beginning to the end. The bible is really just a love story about a King that is in love with his people and what he does to free them from the captivity of his enemies.  It is the greatest love story you will ever read.  

Here are just a few of the awesome things the Lord says about you;

"His steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD." - Psalms 32:10

"Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them." - Romans 4:8

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us." - Ephesians 1:7-10

"Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one." - Romans 8:33-34

"What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us." - 1 Corinthians 2:12

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” - 1 Peter 1:18-19

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. “- Galatians 2:20

"Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live" - John 11:25

"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. " - 1 John 4:9

"The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day" - Proverbs 4:18:19

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. " - Psalm 28:7

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." - John 15:13-16

No other book in the world contains words like these.  We are loved by God himself and he has rescued us from our own natural desire for destruction that we are born with.  God didn’t stop there.  He went on to give us a plan and purpose for our lives here and now and in the future with him.  

His intentions are to bless and prosper us.  If life was a football game, he has a position for each of us to be in the starting lineup, to play every play.  He has no intentions of putting us on the bench.  On the Lords team, everyone is a starter, unlike his enemies that bench nearly everyone.  If you want to do something useful in life that is worth investing your life into, join the Lord’s team and he will use every gift you have and put you on the front line as soon as you open your month and testify of the Lord.

His Words Secure Our Hope

His word does not say our future is unsecure or in flux, but that it is so secure that nothing can separate us from him. Romans 8:35-39, Paul says not even death or any power in the universe or our past or anything that may happen in the future can separate us from him.

The reason the bible remains the all-time bestselling book in the world is because it contains what no other book does – how to obtain the righteousness of God. 

"For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed" - Romans 1:17

More than that, the gifts he gives us and the ministry he calls us into are irrevocable.

"for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable" - Romans 11:29

Finally, the bible secures our hope in the future, in which our inheritance and our purpose in his everlasting kingdom are securely waiting for us.

"Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off." - Prov 23:17-18

When we are reconciled with God, we join his family and since he is the reigning King no one that is against you can take away your present freedom or your future inheritance which is secured by the reigning King. This is where real hope is found, a hope that is greater than anything the world can offer.  Real hope only comes from one place, the words that the Lord says about us.

So take courage and know; “The Lord has promised good to me... His word my hope secures”

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