What’s the difference between saying “I will,” and “I might?”
God never says “I might.” He always says, “I will.”
Yesterday we learned that God chose Moses to lead his people out from slavery in Egypt. But Moses was very afraid. And when the Pharaoh wouldn’t listen to Moses and set the people free, Moses got angry at God. But then God spoke to Moses again and reminded him of his name. Do you remember God’s name? (I am) And then God made seven promises to Moses. That’s right, seven! Listen to what God said to Moses, and see if you can count all seven of God’s promises. Hint: they will all start with “I will.”
Exodus 6:6-7. 6 Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. 7 I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.’”
You see God never, ever says “I might.” God never says “I might forgive you.” Or, “I might take away your sins.” Or “I might be with you wherever you go.” Or, “I might love you.” Or, “I might bring you to heaven someday.” He always says, “I will.” God is never afraid to make promises to us because he knows that he will always be able to keep all of his promises.
Jesus is the answer to all of God’s promises. Because of Jesus God can say “I WILL” instead of “I might.” Because of Jesus God will always love us, forgive us, and bring us to Heaven.
Because of Jesus all of God’s promises to us will come true.
With Jesus I can always trust God to keep his promises.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Make “I am – I will” signs to hang up as a reminder of who God is and what he promises. For example: I am Love – I will always love you. I am powerful – I will protect you.
Jesus, because of you I know God will always love me and bring me to live with him someday. Help me to trust God more and more each day. Amen.