“…as He had said…”
“…as He had promised…”
“…which God had spoken to Him…”
If you as a Christian remain Biblically illiterate you will shrivel. You will either have no knowledge of the promises that are yours in Christ or the knowledge you do have will be twisted such that you expect the wrong things.
God is the supreme prize of all His promises, not wealth, health, or fame. The promises exist to make much of God, not us, or His gifts. God promises us God. Thus in famine, suffering, death, disease, and persecution we rejoice. The presence of these things does not negate the promises; rather it is in them that they are most present. It is in them that God is glorified as the Giver of the promises, Sustainer by the promises, and Treasure of the promises. The prosperity gospel abuses promises.
But the neglect of promises will shrivel the soul as well. We were meant to live on the promises of God. They produce faith. They make us jolly expectant beggars. They glorify God as the supreme fountain of all blessing. Consider the reflections of the Psalmist (they are all from Psalm 119, I leave it to you to find the exact address):
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise;
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.
My eyes long for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word!
Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
There are wonderful things in God’s Word. Part of the wonder of God’s Word are the life giving promises erupting out of it if we have eyes to see them. God give us eyes! God’s love and salvation to us are expressed in these promises. These promises sustain and comfort us in affliction (not deliver us from it). They glorify God as we long for them, and as we taste them as sweet, and as we receive them with joy.
For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. – 2 Corinthians 1:20