I have a simple question for you...
Has anyone ever made you a promise before?
I am going to assume your answer was, yes.
My next question...
Did they keep that promise to you?
Ah...see, this is where we will start to experience some mixed answers.
But what I want to focus on, however, is the whole point to making a promise.
The dictionary definition goes as follows:
1. a declaration that something will or will not be done.
2. an express assurance on which expectation is to be based.
You see, a promise is usually given to a person in regards to a future circumstance/event. Yet, I want you to notice something. A promise is usually given about something that is not obvious to the natural eye.
Follow me here for a second...
What if I promised you that the sun was going light up the entire earth tomorrow?
Or what if I promised you that tomorrow I would remain a female? (Ok side note: I know in this day & age that changing your gender is embraced, but that doesn't mean it is accurate and right. Ok, wisely moving forward...)
Making these apparent promises would be silly, I know. But why?
Because it's obvious.
You would probably look at me and say, "Why are you promising something that is easily perceived? You don't have to promise me that the sun will shine tomorrow, because I know it will! You don't have to promise me you will wake up a female tomorrow, God made you that way!"
You see, we never promise things to people that are obvious.
Instead, we make a promise in regards to something that will more than likely be contradicted at some point.
Which brings me to the entire point of this blog post.
There is a promise that God has given us that I believe we tend to struggle with the most. Here it is...
Hebrews 13:5...“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
I want you to realize something today: God does not promise obvious things. Instead, God promises us things that at some point, will be challenged with contradictions!
He promises us that He will never leave us nor forsake us, because He knew at some point in our lives, it may look like He isn't there! It may look like He has forgotten and left us on our own!
And so, He made the simple promise to assure us, that no matter what season we are in, no matter what comes our way, He will never leave us, nor will He ever forsake us. Never.
So, for someone, I believe this was the reminder you needed. That what God has promised, He has kept. He is not like man, where He will make a promise and lie. He is not like man to even over promise and under-deliver. NO! He is God; all knowing, all sufficient and omnipotent! His Word goes out and it never returns back to Him as void.
Are you in need of a sure foundation? Stand upon His Word. Stand upon the One who has promised, that you will never be alone. Stand upon Christ. The one, true, Promise of the Father.
Psalm 119:49-50 - Remember Your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.