Merriam Webster has defined a promise as: 1: one’s pledge to another either do or not do something, 2; grounds for hope, and 3; indication of future excellence. As we look at God’s Word to us, it is filled with His promises and they are all good! God’s first promise comes in Genesis 3:15: “I will put hostility between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed. The man will strike your head and you will strike his heel.” It’s a shame that God’s first promise to man concerns punishment for eating the forbidden fruit. Stupid serpent deceived humans and messed up EVERYTHING! Maybe that’s why so many people really don’t like snakes?
God, according to some scholars, made somewhere between 3000 and 7000 promises in the Bible with a more reliable figure set at 3573. I personally didn’t go through and count all of them so let’s just say there are a lot. God made promises to many people on many different subjects. God promised Moses and Abram that He would make their descendents as numerous as the sands of the desert. God promised Jacob that his descendents would be the same. God promised Noah that He would never again destroy the earth with water. There have been times this year when I thought maybe God had changed His perfect mind on that one. God promised King David that his line would continue forever. God promised us that He would supply all our needs: Philippians 4:19. God promised us that His grace is sufficient for us: II Corinthians 12:9. God promised us that He would never throw temptation toward us that we would be unable to withstand: 1 Corinthians 10:13 (He has a lot more confidence in me that I sometimes do). God has promised us that all things work together for good for those who love and serve Him faithfully: Romans 8:28. This is another one of those things I’m going to ask God when I get there. “Just exactly what did you mean by that Lord?” You know, just asking. And God has promised us that those who believe in Jesus and truly repent of their sins will have eternal life: Mark 16:16.
Now since God has made all of these promises to us and since He has KEPT all His promises to us, what will we do in response? What promises will you make to God? Will you promise to love and serve Him...and keep that promise? Will you promise to be the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth and then keep that promise?
There’s an old saying that goes: “Promises were made to be broken” but it’s not true with God and it shouldn’t be true for us!
Pastor Lee Iden
Herrington Bethel UMC