Little Jimmy runs up to his father excitedly: “Dad, remember my baseball game tonight? You are going to be there, right?” Jimmy’s father smiles as he walks out the door, “I’ll be there! I promise.” Jimmy smiles and heads off to school expecting his father to be in the bleachers at first pitch.
When the game starts, Jimmy looks at the stands from his position at 2nd base: no Dad. Jimmy is disappointed, but has begun to get used to it. His father never keeps his promises.
Across town, at the First Baptist Church, other promises are being pledged: “Do you, John, take Jessica to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, and keeping you only unto her as long as you both shall live, till death do you part?” John smiles and says, “I will”. This vow is repeated by Jessica. Statistics tell us that there is over a 50% chance that these promises will be broken.
These types of broken promises rock the world of the person the promise was made to. Our world has fast changed into a place where very few can be trusted even when contracts are signed. Never in the earth’s history has the word of mankind meant so little. We have degenerated into a society of liars. Oh, we still make promises, but we have a terrible track record of keeping them. This has developed a mistrust among the population that begins very early in life and follows us even after we have died and we are not sure if we can trust the attorney to disperse our earthly goods to our relatives in the way our last will and testament states.
We have come a long way from men sitting down and sealing a business deal with a hand shake. Promises are only as good as the character of the person making the promise.
So, when God makes us a promise, we have been conditioned to question whether He is telling the truth….we do not say that, of course. All the while, we put on the “faith face” and tell everyone that we believe.
But, we can trust God. When He makes a promise, you can bank on it.
Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who can’t lie, promised before time began;
We are going to delve into a lot of His promises in the days to come, but first, we must understand that when God makes a promise, it will come to pass. It is not in His nature to lie to us. His character is our collateral. We can make a “handshake” with Him and know that it is a binding contract. Once you understand this principle, you will read the Bible with a renewed excitement and you will benefit from all that has been promised to you.
There are so many broken