In Gal 3:18 it says that God’s promises is so sure as when a will or testament needs to be executed. The executor can’t change the terms of the will at all. It is a done deal. So God’s blessings must come from His promises not from our behavior (as if we are in a contract with God).
The major theme of all Old Testament, according to OT scholar Walter Brueggemann, is God’s faithfulness…. not whether God will or will not be faithful, but more if humans will trust his faithfulness. Trust in God’s faithfulness is to have hope that the Lord who faithfully keep our present will faithfully keep the future.
This hope may seem intellectually simple to understand, until we feel the pain ourselves. That’s when we live hope, not only understand it. Hope that is only intellectually understood it is not hope at all…hope must be lived out to fully realize the power of God’s promises.
The Harms family had to live out hope in two very dramatic moments of their lives. I pray you’ll be blessed by the testimony of this family.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13