We have an utterly reliable God: He always keeps His promises. Everything that He has committed Himself to do, He has done. Joshua says this to the nation of Israel “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed (Josh. 23:14). What reassuring words these are for us today.
God keeps His promises For us, as New Testament Christians, we have even more reason to be sure of the reality of this. This is because, as Paul says to the Corinthians: For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Cor. 1:20). Christ our LORD fulfils all God’s promises to bless his people. Further Paul says to the Galatians: when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship (Gal. 4:4-5). The promise came first of all in the Garden of Eden, when the Lord says that the seed of the woman would crush the serpents (Satan’s) head (see Gen. 1:15). Prophecies, shadows, illustrations, patterns, pre-incarnate appearances are littered throughout the Old Testament and then He came. He came to fulfil all of God’s promises. He has come.
Moreover, Scripture promises that he will come again. Accordingly, the fact that every promise of the first coming has been fulfilled assures us of the fulfilment of every promise of His second coming. So we stand expectantly, excitedly and with godly fear waiting for the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. As we wait, we know that He who says He will come, will come, and will not delay.
We are blessed by His promises We must bind these great and precious promises to our own hearts. We must remember that God has said: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5b). Peter calls us to remember how His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1 v 3) Then we look to the future and hear our Saviour saying: Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (John 14 v 1) How wonderful it is to be a Christian and believe these promises to the strengthening of our souls, knowing that our God never fails to keep his promises.
We should keep our promises It should be that we, as His children, bear the family likeness. We should also be promise keepers. It is not always so because we live in a world of broken promises and unkept vows. And as God’s people we so easily fall prey to the way of the world. Moses says to the nation of Israel: This is what the Lord commands: When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said (Num. 30:1b-2). For us, as believers, all our words are to be of weight and therefore whenever we commit to anything it should always be implicit that we are binding ourselves to fulfil what we say. We learn this from the teaching of our LORD who in the context of taking oaths said: All you need to say is simply “Yes,” or “No”; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (Matt 5:37).
Sadly many of us are liars by default. We casually commit ourselves to something just to impress and put on a good face. If such is happening it means our commitments are meaningless because we never intend to carry through on these things. Such should not be so! Solomon in (Proverbs 12:22) says: The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
Are you known as someone who keeps their promises? If you make appointments, do you keep them? If you promise to do something, do you do it? If you reply to an invitation saying you will attend, then do you keep to that?. Of course circumstances sometimes change which means we cannot fulfil our promise. We can be thwarted; God never can. For us, we must let others know if we cannot be there; that is one way in which we show love.
Solomon wisely observes that When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfil your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfil it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God (Eccl. 5:4-7). May none of our words be meaningless. May people know that we are children of our Father because we, like him, keep our promises.
Taken and adapted from Feltham Evangelical Church newsletter of August 2012