Does God Break Promises?

Numbers 20:12 — But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in Me enough to honor Me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them” (NIV).

Let’s go back to Exodus 3 and briefly look at the day Moses was called to be Israel’s deliverer. The Lord appeared to Moses in a burning bush and began to speak to him about the misery of His people. God was moved with compassion for the Israelites, and He told Moses he would be their leader (vs. 10).

Then, in Exodus 3:17, God made a promise: “And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey” (NIV). God told Moses he would be the one to lead Israel into the Promised Land. What an awesome promise!

Unfortunately, God has the right to “break” His promises. I realize this statement may go against your view of our loving Savior, but in Numbers 20:12 the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “You will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Why would God seemingly go back on His promise? Doesn’t that go against His very nature?

Disobedience will ultimately cause us to forfeit the promises of God. God is not a liar, and He never makes empty promises. But the fulfillment of His promises in our lives hinges on our obedience.

If you have wandered down a path of disobedience today, I want to encourage you to refocus. There is no earthly treasure or relationship worth trading God’s promises for. He has wonderful things in store for those who follow after Him wholeheartedly. May you inherit the promises of God today!

Jeremiah 29:11 — “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (NLT).

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