The Key Called Promise
In Bunyan’s great allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, the incident is related of how Christian decides to leave the Main Highway and follow another Path which seemed easier. But this Path leads him into the territory of Giant Despair who owns Doubting Castle.
Eventually, he is captured by Giant Despair and kept in a dungeon. He is advised to kill himself. The Giant said there was no use trying to keep on with his journey. For the time, it seemed as if Despair had really conquered Christian. But then, Hope, Christian’s companion, reminds him of previous victories. So it came about that on Saturday about midnight they began to pray, and continued in prayer until almost morning.
Now a little before it was day, good Christian, as one half-amazed, broke out in passionate speech, “What a fool am I thus to lie in a stinking Dungeon, when I may as well be at liberty. I have a Key in my bosom called Promise that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting Castle.” Then said Hopeful, “That’s good news. Good Brother, pluck it out of thy bosom and try.” And the prison gates flew open.
I wonder sometimes if we, like Bunyan’s character, Christian, stay locked in the Dungeon of Despair when all the time we have in our possession the key that would set us free. We live lives of defeat and poverty when all the promises of God are at our disposal. Over these past few weeks we’ve been looking at some of God’s previous promises in our morning worship services. Some estimate that there are over 8,000 promises in God’s Word.
God promises us things like His presence, His provision or His peace. We only need to claim them.
What is your greatest need this morning? We serve a God who can do something about it. I love this quote I read recently. “God never over-promises and He never under –delivers”.
Have a great week!
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