Thursday, December 19, 2013

God always keeps his promises!

            Promises – we’ve all made them. Who hasn’t? Who of us has not also made a promise we did not keep? Has there not been times when we have given someone our word, told them we would do something but did not follow through? Oh, we may have had good intentions but something happened, something beyond our control that kept us from following through. We promised to give someone a ride to work at 7:30 sharp but then the power went off and the alarm didn’t ring.  We told our daughter we would be at her soccer game. We promised. On the way, however, we were hit by a car when it ran a red light. Promise made! Promise broken.
Listen to those seeking political office at election time. Politicians are notorious for making promises which are often cast aside once election day has passed. Maybe that’s why we call them ‘campaign promises.’
Sometimes our promises are about small things, things that are not all that important. “I’ll call you on Thursday. I promise.” If we break them, it may not matter all that much. On the other hand, a broken promise may crush us. Think of how many times people have stood before God and promised to remain faithful to their spouse yet, someone where down the line, cast those vows aside.
What it boils down to is that the promises we make are not that reliable. We may break them without much thought because they are not all that important to us. Sometimes, we may not have the ability to keep them due to circumstances beyond our control. Other times, we may just decide to break our promises no matter how important they might be.
What a comfort it is to know that this is not the way God works. When God makes a promise, he keeps it. He doesn’t forget. He doesn’t let it slide because it is not important. There is not one promise he has made that he has not kept or will keep before all is said and done.
The unbeliever needs to think about this for God threatens to punish and send to hell all those who do not believe in him (Mk 16:16). These are not veiled threats. God will and does punish those who do not believe in Jesus as their Savior. On the other hand, he promises eternal life and the joys of heaven to all those who trust in Jesus (Mk 16:16).
God’s promises may not be answered as soon as we like. Adam and Eve never saw the fulfillment of the promise of a Savior. Abraham waited until he was 99 before God gave him and Sarah the son he had promised. It took thousands of years for the Savior to arrive.  Don’t let God’s delay in returning on the Last Day, make you think that he will not keep his word. He always does.
The Bible is filled with the promises of God. They are great and glorious! God will keep them all. From his promise to be with us, to use all things for our good, to raising the dead and taking us to heaven – God will keep them all. You have his Word on it!