Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 6, 2016

“You have fulfilled Your promise, For You are righteous.”

Today’s devotion comes from Nehemiah 9:5-8.

“5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the Lord your God forever and ever!

O may Your glorious name be blessed
And exalted above all blessing and praise!
6 “You alone are the Lord.
You have made the heavens,
The heaven of heavens with all their host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them
And the heavenly host bows down before You.
7 “You are the Lord God,
Who chose Abram
And brought him out from Ur of the Chaldees,
And gave him the name Abraham.
8 “You found his heart faithful before You,
And made a covenant with him
To give him the land of the Canaanite,
Of the Hittite and the Amorite,
Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite—
To give it to his descendants.
And You have fulfilled Your promise,
For You are righteous.”    Nehemiah 9:5-8.

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“You have fulfilled Your promise, For You are righteous.”  Verse 8.

When we consider the magnificent promises of God (for one example, “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” in 2 Peter 1:3), we can trust God to fulfill His promises, for He is righteous.

We see similar Scripture that refers to the character of God (“it is impossible for God to lie”) as reason why we can trust God to fulfill His promises in the following Hebrews 6:13-18.

“For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.”  And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.  For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.  In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.”   Hebrews 6:13-18.

Other doctrine would rather trust in man’s alleged free-will, wisdom, and will than trust God to fulfill His promises.

But, Reformed Doctrine does not trust at all in man’s alleged free-will, wisdom, and will, pointing out man’s “Total Depravity”, but rather, Reformed Doctrine trusts solely in God to fulfill His promises from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.


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