We live in a society where talk is cheap:
- Marriage vows are made and broken.
- Parents promise their kids that they’ll do something special with them later, but later never comes.
- Employers promise more hours with better pay but fail to follow through.
- Product manufacturers guarantee a warranty, but fine print negates it.
- Tenants and landlords sign contracts, but both seemingly forget their responsibilities.
- Nations sign peace treaties that last only until someone pulls a trigger again.
Being the brunt of broken promises leaves us feeling disappointed, frustrated, and downright deceived. Sometimes we become cynical or develop significant trust issues. And sadly, we often carry our distrust into our relationship with God.
So long as humans are human, we’ll experience broken promises. And we’ll likely break a few ourselves. Have you ever said, “I’ll pray for you,” and then failed to do it? I have.
The good news is—we serve a God who cannot break a promise:
He says He’ll provide for us, and He does.
He says He’ll be with us everywhere we go, and He is.
He says He’ll give us wisdom when we ask for it, and He does.
He says He’ll do justice on our behalf when others wrong us, and He does.
He says He’ll turn our hardships into something good, and He does.
He says He’ll allow us to reap what we sow, and He does.
He says He’ll forgive us when we confess our sins, and He does.
He says He’ll come back for us someday, and He will.
He says He’ll defeat Satan and his evil forces, and He will.
People might make promises to us and then fail to follow through, but God will never let us down. “For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the LORD fills he earth” (Psalm 33:4,5 NLT).
Let’s not allow negative human experiences to impact our faith in God and our expectations of His willingness and ability to do what He says He’ll do. Let’s trust Him, and let’s live as though we truly believe His promises are for keeps. Imagine how that might affect the way we respond when hard times hit us!
What divine promise are you claiming today?