Do you expect people to keep the promises they make? We certainly don’t expect politicians, even ones we like and vote for, to keep all the promises they make. It’s pretty much a given that they won’t or can’t.
Maybe I’m being a little jaded, but it when someone makes a promise, what I actually hear is “I really wish I could do this,” or “I will try to make that happen.”
In a society where the first response to someone ‘fessing up to not following through on something they said they’d do is “No worries,” it’s hard to actually expect anyone to do exactly what they say they’re going to do, every time–or at least to make a really sacrificial effort trying. We quickly say, “No worries,” to indicate that we knew the task was going to be difficult, or that we empathetically understand that life is busy and we didn’t really expect them to do it, anyway. At least, that’s the way I take it.
What about God? The Bible, often referred to as “God’s Word,” makes a lot of promises. My grandmother once gave me a flip calendar of Bible promises. I was at an age where I was truly wondering if I could take God at his word. What was he promising me anyway? I needed to know.
I had just moved to Japan, and I came across the verse “Delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I knew what my desires were, but there was a second part to this promise. I had a job to do! I was to figure out what it meant to “delight in the Lord.” (I actually wrote a story about this time in my life that was published in Cup of Comfort Book of Bible Promises, still available on Amazon). Long story short, and 25 years of marriage, two beautiful daughters and a career as a children’s author later, I figured it out at least a little, and God has certainly kept his end of the promise!
What promises has God made in his book that you would like to see fulfilled for you? Do you ever take God at his word, doing your part to get to know him, worship him, love him and others as yourself? Do you expect him to keep his promises to you?
Here are just a few of God’s promises to look up, and next week we’ll talk about his biggest promise of all!
1 John 2:25–The promise of eternal life
Luke 18:27–All things are possible with God
Ezekiel 36:26–The promise of a new heart and new spirit
John 16:13–The promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit
Matthew 6:31-34–God will take of our needs
James 1:5–God will give us wisdom
Psalms 119:165–God will give us peace
Proverbs 18:10–God will protect us
John 14:2-3–Jesus will come again
Revelation 21:4–The promise of an end to suffering and pain
Which ones resonate with you? Look them up. Is there something you need to be doing to, as part of the promise?
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