Day 1: Introduction
2 Corinthians 1:20
In this new year, we are embarking upon a new teaching series called Unshakeable Hope which will be accompanied by this devotional series.
As 2020 turned into 2021, despite the hopes of many, we still find ourselves amidst turbulent and overwhelming times. Experts tell us that we are now at the worst point in the pandemic, and the experiences of many across our communities would bear testimony to the truth of this.
In the face of this, Psalm 61:2 in the KJV, reads ‘when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.’ The purpose of this series is that in face of the uncertainty and challenge, that we would be led to ground ourselves in the immoveable and unshakeable hope that we have in God.
Each day throughout this devotional series, we are going to be looking at a promise of God from the Bible to remind ourselves of the steadfast truths we can cling to and build our lives upon.
We are all familiar with the idea of promises as being a firm commitment to do, what you’ve said you will do. For example, a child may say to their parents, I promise I will put the bins out, or I promise to tidy my room! A worker may promise his or her boss that a task will be completed by the end of the day, or that he or she won’t be late for work again. A politician may promise his or her voters not to increase taxes for example.
We are familiar with everyday promises of these types, and promises of these types are regularly broken as I’m sure we’re all guilty at times!
So what is different about the promises of God? To answer this question, let’s look at 2 Corinthians 1:20 where Paul writes:
‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.’
Taking the wider context of the passage, the church in Corinth was angry at Paul as his plan to visit them in Corinth hadn’t come to fruition. Paul was being accused of changing his plans and breaking a promise. If you’re like me, you will be able to think of countless times where plans have changed over the last year!
Paul took time to explain the reasons behind the change of circumstance, but explained that even when things don’t work out quite the way we expect them to, all of God’s promises are still yes in Christ.
What I take from this verse is that no matter how many promises God has made, they are all yes in Christ. In other words they can all be relied upon as true even when the going gets tough.
Does this mean hardships won’t come our way? No, in fact the Bible tells us not to be surprised by trials and hardships.
Does this mean that we will always understand what God is doing? No, the Bible tells us his ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts higher than our thoughts.
But when things don’t seem to work out to plan, we can be confident of this:
‘In all things we know that God works together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ – Romans 8:28
My prayer is that as we go through this series as a church, we would renew our faith and trust in God and his promises over our lives.
Ps Dan Hoyle
Campus Pastor, Bishop Auckland