Green Pastures, Quiet Waters

Promises Kept, Promises Broken

A young man made a promise to his friend to repay a sum of money that had been loaned to him. The agreed upon time for repayment came and went, but the young man neglected to pay the money he owed and said nothing more about it. Not wanting to embarrass or pressure him, the friend said nothing, hoping that the young man would come through with the money 

Another person said he would come to the house to do some requested repair work the following day, but never did come to do it and no explanation was given.

A small boy sat dejectedly on the stairs. His dad, who had promised to take the following day off work to go with the family on a special outing, told him that he was not able to take them after all. Though the child said little, the pain of the promise broken was in his eyes for all to read. 

We have all had people break promises. Perhaps we have broken a few ourselves. When we fail to keep our word, there is risk of damage to our good name and a chance that a relationship has been damaged.

For the one who was let down, there is a sense of disappointment and betrayal, not wanting to be quick to trust that person’s word again. After all, trust betrayed takes a long time to rebuild.

Isn’t it good to know that there is One who will never break His promise? God will always do what He says He will do.

When Joshua was old and knew he was coming to the end of his life, he summoned the leaders, elders and judges of Israel and told them, “You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”  Joshua 23:14

I often need the promises of God to sustain me through all kinds of life situations. Those promises are the lifeline to which I cling when life’s waters become turbulent. If I could not count on those, where would I be? Sunk!

A while ago I asked one of the Bible study groups I teach what each person’s favorite promise is and why it is the favorite. That discussion was very inspiring and the conclusion of everyone in the group was one of thankfulness for the surety of those promises.

How do I know God will always keep His promises? Because God’s character is such that He cannot lie and He is faithful – one hundred percent! Because I know that the One who made the promise is totally trustworthy, I know I can trust the promises because not only does He mean what He says, but He has the

authority and honor to back them up. One of my favorite promise verses is Psalm 138:2, which says,

 “I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.”  Psalm 138:2b (New Living Translation)

Do you know what God’s promises are?  Which is your favorite? Do you know that God will keep it?

Let me know what your favorite verse is and why.  Email below