Why You Need a Promise Notebook

Has anyone ever promised you something but failed to follow through? I can certainly think of a few examples. I can even think of a few times that I’ve made promises and failed to make good on them. Yuck. As humans, we’re going to fail those around us. That’s the bad news.

Here’s the good news—God has given us hundreds of promises in His Word, and He never, ever breaks them!

Maybe you are wondering why we should even look for God’s promises. I started this post with the same question in mind. Here are the answers I came up with.

We look to God’s promises because . . .

God’s promises are what get us through the year! They’re what we lean on when life gets rough and what we rejoice in constantly! They give us strength, hope, joy, and encouragement.

We look to God’s promises because . . .

By studying God’s promises we come to know Him better. We see what He loves, cares about, and how He wants us to live life.

We look to God’s promises because . . .

By studying God’s promises, we become equipped to share them with others! Each of us comes into daily contact with someone who needs to hear what God has promised.  It may be the person at the desk next to you, at work beside you, or a family member who sits across the kitchen table from you. The promises of God not only become a blessing to us but to others as well.

How to Find the Promises

We want to study the promises, but how do we do it? The Bible is huge! Are we looking in one specific area or many? We know the promises of God are found in His Word, but where exactly?

They’re all over. God’s promises are in the Old and New Testament, in the words of the prophets and in the words of Jesus. It’s hard to find a chapter in the Bible that doesn’t contain a promise from God. Just in case that feels more overwhelming than encouraging, here’s a starting point. Tomorrow morning, take the passage of the Bible you’re going to read and analyze it, looking for promises.

For an example, let’s look at Proverbs 2:3–6:

Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Verse 6 proclaims, “For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” In that verse alone there are three huge promises!

Promise #1: The Lord will grant wisdom when we seek it (circle back to verses 3 and 4 for context).

Promise #2: From God’s mouth comes knowledge.

Promise #3: God gives us understanding.

From here I would encourage you to write down just one of these promises on a notecard or your phone and think about it throughout the day. If you were to keep a daily “promise notebook,” you would have 365 promises of God to you in a year. Wow! How encouraging would that be?

You can do this! All you need is a Bible and a pen and a notebook.

Here are two other tools to keep you motivated:

  1. Purpose. If you know why you’re getting into the Bible and writing down these promises (for example, you want to be able to encourage others and yourself when hard times hit and the struggle gets difficult), it will keep you motivated even on the hard days.
  2. Prayer. My pastor encourages us to “pray before you play!” (Or study.) Ask for wisdom and that the Lord would point you to the promises He wants to show or teach you about that day. Remember, He has already promised to give us wisdom when we ask for it.

Getting Started

To get you started, here are a few helpful verses that have very prominent promises of God contained in them. There is no hiding these promises!

As we start out the new year, what better way to begin than by studying what God has promised to us? No one knows what the year holds, but I can guarantee you one thing: The promises that you learn and take to heart will be tremendously encouraging. No matter what lies ahead, God’s promises will give you strength and hope.

Will you start a promise notebook? Make the commitment in a comment below.

About Author

Beecher Proch calls the Hill Country of Texas home. When he’s not writing, performing with his three siblings in their band, or attempting to get a smile out of someone, you’ll probably find him working on a new entrepreneurial venture. Beecher is passionate about influencing the world for Christ’s Kingdom through stories, be that blogging, writing meaningful music, or going about it the old-fashioned way and taking a pen to the page.

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