Saturday, February 2, 2008

Our God Keeps His Word

Have you ever said to someone, “But you promised”? Maybe it was years ago when you were just a child, but you still remember the deep disappointment. Or maybe as a parent, you said it to one of your teenagers. Their broken life and wasted opportunities still cause you to weep. Or then again you may have said it to your spouse when you found out what had been going on behind your back. People break promises! Some broken promises aren’t that serious, but some can tear our hearts out!

Our PROMISE FROM GOD today assures us that our God who “is indeed God” will always keeps His word. He is faithful. We can count on Him to follow through on every promise He makes. “He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations.” The Hebrew word translated “faithful” has the idea here of something you can lean on – that you can build on. In other words it can be trusted to be solid. It will not give way or fail, even in “a thousand generations.”

I read the other day that several years ago a famous coffee shop chain gave some of their employees a special email coupon for a free iced coffee, good from August 23rd through September 30th. They instructed their employees to share the email coupon with friends and family. The email coupon quickly spread so far and wide that the company decided to stop the promotion – it just cost them too much.

No matter how much it may cost God to keep His promise, He will never go back on His word – we can lean on it and build on it! We will never be disappointed in Him and have to say to Him, “But you promised.”

One more thought – could it be possible that our God needs to say to us at times, “But you promised”? Are we keeping the promises we have made to Him? Or does “But you promised” echo in an uneasy conscience? If that’s what’s happening, we need to acknowledge it to Him and ask His forgiveness. Another promise He makes is in 1 John 1:9 NLT “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

Let’s pray –
Father, please forgive us for not always keeping our word, to you or to people around us. Even though people have failed us, you never have, and by faith we know you never will! We take comfort in your faithfulness. Your “unfailing love” is such an indescribable blessing. Help us as your children to be more like you.


If today’s promise and comments have been meaningful to you – don’t hesitate to leave a comment. (Single space gives best appearance.)

1 comment:

Jim Walter said...

It occurs to me a covenant is not like a contract. If one party breaks a contract, the contract is voided and neither party has any responsibility. On the other hand, the covenant obligates the person making the covenant to observe what he/she covenanted to do regardless of the other party's actions. So, God made a covenant with Abraham and even though not all of Abraham's seed have been faithful, God still sent a savior for us. And those who have faith are children of Abraham -- Over the centuries, Abraham's children have indeed been as many as the stars. Praise His Holy Name.