Promise Keepers

August 25, 2016

Promise Keepers

1 Kings 8:56

Blessed [be] the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. 

Isn’t it sad, time consuming, frustrating and even a little insulting that whenever you make a purchase using a credit card or check you must verify everything with an I. D.?  You can’t even pump gas unless you pay first.  Why wasn’t it that way forty or fifty years ago?  I think it was because the majority of people were more honest, reliable and their word meant something.  Many deals were done with a handshake rather than a contract.  More people were raised with the ethics that ‘a man is only as good as his word’.  Therefore a person’s word carried more weight and reliability than it does today.  Today, among so many, a person’s promise or word doesn’t carry the commitment that it once did.  Many of us have grown very lax when it comes to our commitment in carrying out what we have said that we will do.  As a result we live in a world of mistrust and we must seek security of some sort on all of our transactions and dealings, otherwise someone will change their mind and their promise or commitment means nothing.  

Aren’t we thankful that God isn’t wishy-washy, changing His mind from one time to the next?  Aren’t we thankful that His love and commitment aren’t conditional upon our being good enough or performing well enough?  2 Corinthians 1:19-20 says, “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20For 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.”   God isn’t slack concerning His promises and our word should be as His word, sure and reliable.  It is bad enough that we live in a world and society that are not committed to their word, but we, as God’s people, are not that much different.  In fact I have seen many times that a person that wasn’t even a Christian was more reliable and trustworthy than another person who did profess to know Christ.  If we can’t and don’t keep our word and our promises then what are we telling the world that is seeing Christ through us.  “If I can’t trust you, why should I trust your God?”  Brethren, these things ought not to be so.  All of us need to raise our level of integrity and character to the point that when we commit and promise something we are bound to carry it through.  

What does Jesus say about keeping your word?  In Matthew 5:33-37, Jesus says, “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”  He doesn’t ask us to bind ourselves with oaths and swear by other things that we have no control over, He simply tells us to have the integrity to let our yes mean yes and our no mean no.  He is saying, just be a person of your word.  Are we liars, promise breakers, false and untrue?  This is what we are saying about ourselves when we don’t follow through and keep our word.  Even more, this is what we are communicating about God to the people that are watching our lives and seeing our actions.   

God is wanting us to be promise keepers, true to our covenants and promises to Him first, but also to our wives and husbands, families, friends and the people that we interact with in life.

Are you a person of integrity and a person of your word?

Blessings,

#kent

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