For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
2 Peter 1:4, NASB
Dr. David Jeremiah conveys this about promises, “Promises bring the future or the past into the present… meaning being assured in the present of something in the future.”
Promises are precious and an essential part of life. Without promises, we would find it not only difficult to get anything done, but also impossible to build lasting friendships and relationships. For example, when I make a promise to my wife that I will do something, she trusts me to fulfill it. When a promise is fulfilled, our relationship deepens, grows, and prepares us for even greater possibilities and opportunities in the future.
As we all know, promises are only as good as the character of the promise-maker. Peter tells us that God has given us “precious promises”. Because God is true and His word is true (Ps. 119:160; Jn. 17:17) God will and does fulfill His promises. If you read the verse above carefully you will see when we embrace God’s promises we actually share in the character and nature of God.
As we make God’s promises a part of our own character, we can become better promise-makers and promise keepers. As a result, our lives can be richer, fuller, and so much more than we could ever imagine.