In today’s society, a person’s promise has lost its power. Contracts and legal documents have replaced promises. No more handshakes. No more verbal agreements. Why? Because so many people have come to a place where they cannot trust a person’s word–a person’s promise.
A few months ago, I was having some work done on my car. I wanted to pick it up before they closed, but I didn’t have my checkbook. I couldn’t pay until the next day. I thought, “I wonder if they’d let me have my car now and take my word that I will pay tomorrow?” Then, I had to laugh, Yeah, right!
Why is that? Has the world become so hardened to the power of a promise? Probably. Does that mean everyone breaks his or her promises? No.
But the world tells us, “No one can be trusted–not even God.”
Promises are only as dependable as the character of the person making the promise. If Jesus had some car work done in your shop and asked you if he could take the car home now and pay tomorrow, could you trust him?
If God promises you that he will take care of you, can you trust him? I challenge you today to trust God with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5). Trust him with something for which you’ve never trusted him before. Maybe it’s finances. Maybe it’s going to the shopping mall for the first time in years. Whatever it is, trust him. Let him reveal his faithfulness to you.
God keeps his promises.
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20a).
Prayer: Father, help me to trust your promises. Help me to see that your promises are “yes” and “amen” in Jesus’ name! Show me that you can be trusted when you make a promise.