Scripture Reading: Ezra 7:11-8:14 / Revelation 13:1-18 / Psalm 145:13-21
A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something. Politicians make election promises assuring voters of a better future. Employers make promises to provide proper wages and a work environment for their employees. A man and a woman stand before witnesses on their wedding day promising to remain true and faithful to each other until death separates them.
But like they say….promises are made to be broken. Politicians at times have no intention of keeping their promises, employers find they may not be able to keep their promises and more than half of marriages fail to keep their promises. All of us have experienced the disappointment and pain of broken promises.
Broken promises can scar us for life and leave us skeptical of any type of vow, covenant, contract or promise. David makes a statement that the world wrestles with yet believers must embrace, “The Lord is faithful to all his promises, and loving toward all he has made.” (Psalm 145:13)
God, unlike man, keeps His promises because He has the power, ability and authority to fulfill everything that He has promised. The promise that He made in the Garden of Eden was fulfilled through Christ. God pursued sinful man with a loving plan of redemption. He graciously gave man what they did not deserve and mercifully did not give man what they did deserve.
God’s faithful promises were established and fulfilled to Abraham, Moses, Israel, David and a host of others. God proved Himself and fulfilled His promises with the supernatural and miraculous. He still keeps His Word and pursues sinful man with redemptive love. He is faithful to His children as He promises to never leave or forsake them.
Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1789, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We must add another certainty to the list…God’s promises. The world may scoff at His promises and believers may wrestle with His promises but He remains faithful to keep all of His promises!
Like the song of old declares, “Standing on the promises I cannot fall, listening every moment to the Spirit’s call. Resting in my Savior as my all in all, standing on the promises of God.” Those words need to be dusted off and proclaimed because they are not simply words of a song… they are to be words of faith!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!