I am thinking about the last time I made a promise. Actually, it was the other day when I spoke to my aunt and I told her that I would call her while she was in town…and I didn’t. It’s sad because she said I wouldn’t call and I reassured her that I would….and I didn’t. That wasn’t nice. I had every intention when I said it, but there were circumstances that got in the way and really… well these are all excuses because it only takes a few minutes to make a call so…I broke my promise. I’m going to give her a call tomorrow (it’s a bit too late to call right now). Those who know me know that I am a stickler about people keeping their word. I have relaxed a bit and have become more understanding but it still gets to me. This is likely why God is bringing to my remembrance that phone call. Sometimes we are so busy looking at what other people have done to us that we ignore how we have treated others poorly. I don’t know if my aunt is actually heartbroken about not hearing from me, but that’s just it “I don’t know”. When we don’t keep our promises, we don’t know how it impacts the other person. I can say that I am definitely a reliable, honest woman or my word and yet, I still have work to do in those areas.
I don’t believe God wants to beat me up for my mistakes, or shortcomings, but I do believe that he wants to make me more aware and emphasize the importance of promise. We have to be a people who daily examine ourselves to make sure that we are living a life pleasing to God. God doesn’t want us to swear about anything, he just wants us to be true to the statements that we make plain and simple. In Matthew 5:37, Jesus says, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” We have to practice keeping our word. Words are powerful. God used His Words to create the heavens and the earth. To be saved it says in Romans 10:9 that we have to confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus. In Mark 11:23 Jesus says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”; Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” This is how important our words are, and yet we don’t realize how important it is to keep our promises?
Its unfortunate that we have come to a place where we get caught up in saying, “it’s not a big deal”. This is one of the reasons why many of us struggle to get our life right. We don’t realize the power of our words, and deem reckless speaking – about ourselves and others – as not a big deal. We break promises, not only to others but promises we made to ourselves, and God. It’s a slippery slope that we don’t even realize we are going down, because we have become desensitized in this world we are living in today. Large percentages of marriages that are a promise to be together forever end in divorce; Jobs promise security and have massive layoffs; Government promises protection and have conspiracies and so forth. It seems like not keeping a promise is a way of life. We have to change that mentality. We have to begin with ourselves, our circles and our children. Teach the importance of keeping a promise, teach about Gods promises and be an example.
Can you imagine if God didn’t keep his promises? That would change everything. We would not have any faith at all. We wouldn’t be saved….nothing. The Bible is filled with promises for us. We can feel like God did not keep a promise in certain areas of our life, but we would have to really examine if we are sure that God actually promised us that thing that we don’t have. As I mentioned in my last post, we have to stand on the truth and not our feelings. The truth is God doesn’t lie, “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). God is so dedicated to keeping his word that He only referred to the land that was set aside for the decedents of Abraham as the Promised Land.
I am so grateful that God is not like man. I am so grateful that I can trust Him with everything. I believe for us to live the abundant life that God promised us, we need to understand the importance of keeping our word; the importance of promise.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[b] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.