James MacDonald, the founding/senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, writes a power-packed primer on grasping and getting hold of God’s promises when you need them most. Drawn from his own life when a series of life-altering events hit him personally, MacDonald’s voice resounds with hope and confidence as he shares his journey with readers. Throughout this text, Christ followers will be energized, encouraged and exhorted to understand and take personal ownership of five key promises as found in Scripture.
Laying the foundation for taking God at His word, especially during tough times, MacDonald presents a “theology of a promise” to help Christians better understand God’s unchanging character, knowing the “who” in which they place their trust. Writes MacDonald, “God is a Promiser by nature. God keeps His promises. God wants us to test His promises. God’s promises are activated by faith. God’s promises are experienced in Jesus Christ.” MacDonald expounds upon these descriptives by saying that “God’s promises are an assurance God gives his people so they can walk by faith while they wait for him to work.”
Chapter by chapter, MacDonald allows readers to see what each promise looks like in today’s world and through the lens of biblical commentary and history. Highlighting in bold are numerous Bible verses and passages that MacDonald seeks to punctuate and hit home into his readers’ hearts and minds. Understanding that there is power in every promise, he dissects these passionate and life-giving statements piece by piece so that believers can truly “take hold” of each dynamic word and phrase while making them the foundation for their hope, sustenance and strength.
The five promises God gives to His people that are essential during life’s most challenging seasons are: