We are sad promise keepers are we not? “I promise this” or “I promise that”. Our promises have lost there place and power, our consciousness’s are no longer bound to our promises, we just use them to get what we want “If you do this for me I promise I will do that for you.” or as a way to let people down easy. “Oh so sorry I forgot about that, I promise it won’t happen again”. We may have good reasons, but to often not so much. We feel guilty so in order to make ourselves feel less guilty will make a promise “I promise Ill make it up to you” What a joke. Do promises even matter nowadays? A promise can often be used as a nice gesture, we say it to look nice and to win people over with no real intention of keeping them.
I am as guilty as anyone. Adopted from that deceitful serpent who promised we would never see death “the serpent said to the woman “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
As God’s image bearers we carry with us the desire to be honest, to keep our word, to stand by it and take responsibility for it. Who can raise their hand and say they love falling through on their promises? Nobody’s hand is up. Our problem is not that we don’t want to keep our promises, the problem is we don’t feel the weight of them. They don’t hold much value and have been reduced to wishful thinking.
The Lord is not like us in promise making. He makes a promise and then He keeps His promise. “As surely as the sun sets tomorrow I will keep my Word.” (Jeremiah) “If you can find a way to shut down the setting of the sun then maybe you can find a way to violate my promises” (Kevin Cawley) His promises are certain, unshakable and He proclaims them. He fulfills His promises “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3) He has sent us a King. A cosmic, ultimate, eternal King to fulfill this promise. We see this King crush the head of this serpent at the cross. All of the promises are fulfilled in Jesus, Paul makes that clear “For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him.” (2 Corinthians 1)
So what? We are miserable at keeping promises and He is perfect at keeping all of His promises. What are we to get from this? My hope is we see the beauties of God’s promises kept and fulfilled, that we so lavish the promises of God over our lives that change becomes the only option. Do the promises of God change you? He promises to never leave nor forsake you, He promises you forgiveness of sin through the blood of His Son Jesus, He promises to wipe away pain and death forever. His promises are living, they invade our space, they are transformative, that is they form us.
If the promises of God get a hold of you, you will find yourself taking His words seriously thereby taking your own words more seriously.