My sister promised to meet up with a friend later in the month. But when that day came, it landed with a “thud” at the end of an unusually hectic workweek. Her body protested: Head home! Rest! Meet your friend another day. Her conscience, however, called out: Honor your promise!

She shared her inner turmoil with a colleague who replied: “Well, that’s why I don’t make promises. Then I won’t have to keep them. I can still change my mind and do what I like.”

Isn’t it wonderful to know that God both makes and keeps His promises? Consider God’s promises to Abraham: “I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number” (Genesis 22:17). And God did as He said! Abraham became the ancestor of Jesus (Matthew 1:1), and anyone who believes in Jesus becomes a descendant of Abraham and heir to the ultimate promise he received (Galatians 3:29).

When God makes a promise, we can be sure He will keep it. The writer of Hebrews penned, “Those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that [God] would never change his mind” (Hebrews 6:17).

What challenging times are you experiencing? Take heart! God’s promises provide real hope. Even when life becomes unbearable, we “can have great confidence [for] the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls” (Hebrews 6:18-19).

Adoniram Judson, who spent his life sharing the gospel in Burma, understood this truth. He once said in the midst of his many trials, “The future is as bright as the promises of God.”

No matter what our trials may be, if we’ve received Jesus as our Savior, we have a bright future because His promises will never fail.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Judges 14:1-20