What’s in a promise?
Haven’t we all broken some?
We all make promises. Some are of utmost importance, some maybe less so.
Those of us who are married have made several promises (vows) as part of the wedding ceremony.
If we have ever been in Court, we will have promised to tell the truth.
Politicians are regular promise makers and promise breakers!
Is it important to keep our promises? As a noun, promise means a declaration to do (or not do) something, an assurance so of course, we should keep our promises.
God makes promises and He keeps them. We can depend on that.
It has been calculated that there are 3573 promises in the Bible. The word promise occurs over 50 times in the King James’ version and we can be assured that God will keep every one of the 3573 promises.
Russell carter wrote the hymn “Standing on the Promises of God”. He was a Christian who succeeded in several areas of his life. He was a star athlete in Military Academy, an excellent student who became a teacher, then a Methodist minister, eventually studying to become a doctor. He was also a musician/songwriter.
Aged 30, he became seriously ill with a heart complaint and his fellow doctors could do no more for him.
He knelt and made a promise to God that whether he was healed or not, his life would be consecrated to God. From then on the Word of God became alive to Carter as he stood on the promises of God for healing.
Over the next few months his health improved, his strength returned and his heart was completely healed. He lived another 49 years.
The strange thing was he had written the hymn, “Standing on the Promises” several years before his illness but now the words became real to him. Words he had written became a way of life for him, an integral part of who he was.
Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
John 6:37 “All the Father gives He will come to me and whoever comes to me, I will never cast out.”
Jesus, the sinless Son of God was the fulfilment of God’s promise to send a Saviour, the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.
“Because the sinless Saviour died,
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.
Are you standing on the promises of God today?
Chris Gault, Elder