We are studying the Promises of God in chapel this year. Last week we talked about Presents and Promises. We agreed that God’s promises are for sure. When God promises something, it will happen. When God makes a promise, you can count on it. We also said that God’s promises are like presents—the best kinds of presents you will ever receive. God’s promises are the kinds of presents that don’t wear out; they don’t break and they don’t get old. God’s promises last forever and they also tell us something about God and His nature.
The promise we talked about last week was a promise for everyone. That promise said, “The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works. (Ps. 145:9)”. I hope you went home last week and talked with your parents about how good the Lord has been to you.
Not all promises in the Bible are for everyone, though. Sometimes, God makes promises to only one person, or to a group of people. Can you think of Bible stories you know where God made a promise to only one person?
God promised David that he would be the king of Israel. That was not a promise that God made to you or to me. He made that promise only to David. He also promised Solomon that He would make Solomon wise, wealthy, and that Solomon would have many honors. When we talked about wisdom last year in chapel, we talked about how God made that promise to Solomon and how Solomon became known as the wisest man in the world.
Do you remember what God promised Abram? He promised Abram that he would be the father of many nations—long before Abram had children. He changed Abram’s name to Abraham and promised that He would always be Abraham’s God. He made a covenant or an agreement with Abraham and promised to bless Abraham’s family. What a wonderful promise God made to Abraham and his children and his children’s children.
But, what if you are not in Abraham’s family? Does that mean the promises made to Abraham’s family are not for you? I have some Good News for you. There is another way to be part of a family besides being born into the family. Do you know what it is? It is called adoption.
In adoption, the head of the family invites you to become a part of the family. A child can’t just decide to be adopted. The head of the family makes that decision and takes care of all the details. The Good News is that you and I have been invited into God’s family and we can be made a family member through adoption.
That is what God has done for us. God invites people into His family—through faith in Jesus Christ. We can be adopted into Abraham’s family, the family of God, by trusting in Jesus as our Savior. God says in Galatians 3:7, “Those who have faith are children of Abraham.”
Just as Abraham and his family were the children of God in the Bible, so can we become children of God if we have faith in Jesus Christ. This is the Good News of the New Testament. In John 1:12, we are told, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
If you are trusting in Jesus as your Savior, then all the promises to God’s people are for you. If you have not placed your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior, please go home today and talk to your parents and tell them you want to be adopted into God’s family. Tell them that you want to know Jesus as your Savior and ask them to pray with you to become a child of God.
As I close today, I want to thank God that he has made a promise that we can become his children through faith in Jesus Christ. What a promise!
—Excerpts taken from God’s Promise by Sally Michael