Because He Could Swear by No One Greater, He Swore by Himself

Because He Could Swear by No One Greater, He Swore by Himself

For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself. — Hebrews 6:13 NKJV

Sometimes, I worry about tomorrow. Sometimes, I worry about next week, next year, or five years down the road. My family is made up of a bunch of worriers, and although I know Scripture exhorts me not to worry about my tomorrows, I still do.

Last week, I read this: “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’ And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise” (Hebrews 6:13–15).

Because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself.

When God promises something, the promise is as good as done.

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In Abraham’s case, God promised Abraham he would be the father of many nations. When God made this promise, both Abraham and his wife, Sarah, were advanced in years. But God fulfilled His promise when Sarah conceived and bore Isaac at the ripe old age of ninety. Yes, ninety. And do you know how long Abraham waited for this promise to be fulfilled?

Twenty-five years.

As I meditated on how God fulfilled His promise to Abraham, I jotted down a couple of thoughts:

  • God promises to take care of me. Why do I doubt?
  • Sometimes, we must wait. Abraham waited twenty-five years.
  • God’s promises stand. Since He doesn’t lie, He will fulfill all His promises.

The next time you’re worried, remember who promises to take care of you. The One who does not lie, the One who fulfills all His promises.

Lord, thank You that Your promises are as good as done. Although we may need to wait, You are never late.

Father, I pray for this reader. May she rest in Your unfathomable grace, goodness, and love. May she know deep within her heart that Your promises stand. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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About Hope for the Valley

Hope for the Valley is the ministry God has entrusted to J.K. Stewart—wife, breast cancer survivor, and follower of Jesus Christ. Soon after her diagnosis, she started a women’s cancer support group. Two years later, she launched Hope for the Valley, a website of devotions and prayers for women with cancer. J.K. lives in Texas with her husband, dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s either studying her Bible, walking her dog, or vacuuming pet hair. Connect with her and the ministry of Hope for the Valley on FacebookTwitter, or Google+.