The dictionary defines promise as “a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow.”
Some promises concern small matters: My grandkids enjoy chocolate chip pancakes, so I promise to cook them for breakfast when they spend the night with us.
Other promises concern life-changing matters: On my wedding day, I vowed to love and honour my husband until death parts us.
Promises are not to be issued glibly for, by their nature, they’re not meant to be broken. Sadly, they are, and for any number of reasons. Someone always feels the sting of disappointment.
We, as flawed human beings, break promises, but God never does. He is completely faithful, so He does what He says He will do. “As for God, his way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true” (Psalm 18:30 NLT).
Did you catch that three-letter word? All—not some—of God’s promises prove true. He might not fulfill them as we assume or wish, but He will keep His word—guaranteed.
I’ve personally been encouraged by God’s promise to never or forsake me. In Matthew 28:20 Jesus said, “And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” He’s kept His word.
He’s with me everywhere I go, at all times. He never forgets where I am, never dozes off and loses track of me, never drops me off His radar. He’s with me every moment of every day at all times. This knowledge gives me peace because I know I’m never alone. It gives me courage to face whatever comes my way because, again, I’m not alone. It also gives me an incredible sense of being loved and assurance that I can talk with Jesus anytime I want, day or night. I’m so thankful He’ll never break His promise to be with me until the end of the age.
A friend sent me this song by the Canadian Tenors yesterday. I listened to it this morning and my heart fairly soared with encouragement. Take a moment to listen to it. Close your eyes and worship. Be blessed in knowing that God is with you right now and forever.
How about you? Which one of God’s promises means a lot to you today?