THE PRECIOUSNESS OF THE PROMISES
The promises of God are to the believer an
mine of wealth'. Happy is it for him if he knows how to
search out their secret veins and enrich himself with
their hidden treasures.
They are an 'armory', containing all manner of offensive and
defensive weapons. Blessed is he who has learned to enter
into the sacred arsenal, to put on the breastplate and the
helmet, and to lay his hand to the spear and to the sword.
They are a 'pharmacy', in which the believer will find all
manner of restoratives and blessed elixirs; nor lacks there
an ointment for every wound, a cordial for every faintness,
a remedy for every disease. Blessed is he who is well skilled
in heavenly pharmacy and knows how to lay hold on the
healing virtues of the promises of God.
The promises are to the Christian a 'storehouse of food'.
They are as the granaries which Joseph built in Egypt, or as
the golden pot wherein the manna was preserved. Blessed is
he who can take the five barley loaves and fishes of promise,
and break them till his five thousand necessities shall all
be supplied, and he is able to gather up baskets full of
Yes, they are the 'jewel room' in which the Christian's crown
treasures are preserved. The regalia are his, secretly to
admire today, which he shall openly wear in Paradise
hereafter. He is already privileged as a king with the silver
key that unlocks the strong room; he may even now grasp
the scepter, wear the crown, and put upon his shoulders the
O, how unutterably rich are the promises of our faithful,
covenant-keeping God! If we had the tongue of the mightiest
of orators, and if that tongue could be touched with a live
coal from off the altar, yet still it could not utter a tenth
of the praises of the exceeding great and precious promises of
God. Nay, they who have entered into rest, whose tongues
are attuned to the lofty and rapturous eloquence of cherubim
and seraphim, even they can never tell the height and depth,
the length and breadth of the unsearchable riches of Christ
which are stored up in the treasure house of God--
the promises of the covenant of His grace.