David prayed, “And now, O Lord God, as for the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, confirm it forever; do as you have promised.” 2 Samuel 7:25
In Jesus Christ every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20
It would seem unlikely that God would need to be cajoled into keeping his promises. Afterall, God is faithful and completely trustworthy. He keeps his word. He never fails to do what he says. So why would David need to remind God of his promise and request God to do as he had promised?
The answer has to do with the nature of faith, and of God. Faith receives the gifts of God. Faith also sees beyond the unseen obstacles that block our view of God’s faithfulness to his promises. Nor is God a showman, seeking to gather a crowd by a razzle dazzle display of curiosities.
Some think of God in that way. They make him a performing monkey, doing tricks at the pleasure of those who have trained him for the sake of an audience who has paid the price of admission. Think super-pray-ers offering special intercessions for the sake of those who pay for them to pray. Think calling on the professional pray-ers to gain access to God. This reduces faith to a transaction and God to a spiritual favor-giver.
To say, on the other hand, that all of the promises of God are “yes” in Jesus Christ, requires quite a different approach. Rather than figuring out how we can coerce God into giving what we want, we put ourselves at the foot of the cross. That puts things in a different perspective altogether.
A friend is battling cancer. He is facing the battle of his life. All evidence points to a very grave prognosis. In the face of that he continually points to Jesus as his greatest treasure. The comfort of his love is more precious than any medical intervention. This is no easy answer. But it is the best answer. For if we have Jesus, we have forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.