promises, promises

During my life I have heard so many people “promise” something to me.  I have promised to accomplish a task in a timely manner, change a habit, break a habit, forgive someone for something. I am sure you can create your own list of promises you have made.

The question is, how many have you broken?  How many times have you failed to keep the promises?  I am not throwing rocks, I have a long list of times when I have failed to keep a promise.  Friends, family, my sons, and my husband if asked, could speak of the times I didn’t hold up my end of the deal.

I could hang my head in shame, criticize myself, shake my head and call myself names; worthless, failure, good-for-nothing, stupid, etc.  But instead, I turn to my Heavenly Father.

My Heavenly Father who promises in Lamentations 3:22-24 (HCSB);

Because of the Lord’s faithful love

we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
24 I say: The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in Him.

My Heavenly Father says, Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you (Hebrews 13:5 HCSB).

Isaiah 43:1-4 says He will not abandon us in difficult times:

Now this is what the Lord says—
the One who created you, Jacob,
and the One who formed you, Israel—
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name; you are Mine.
I will be with you
when you pass through the waters,
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not overwhelm you.
You will not be scorched
when you walk through the fire,
and the flame will not burn you.
For I Yahweh your God,
the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior,
give Egypt as a ransom for you,
Cush and Seba in your place.
Because you are precious in My sight
and honored, and I love you…(HCSB)

Psalm 91 reminds us that He is with us and will empower us to face trials:

Because you have made the Lord—my refuge,
the Most High—your dwelling place,
10 no harm will come to you;
no plague will come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
to protect you in all your ways.
12 They will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the young lion and the serpent.

14 Because he is lovingly devoted to Me,
I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he knows My name.
15 When he calls out to Me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble.
I will rescue him and give him honor.
16 I will satisfy him with a long life
and show him My salvation  (HCSB).

We may fail, in fact- we will fail.  We are finite, wrong-side of Heaven’s gate human beings. We may make elaborate promises, with pinky-swears, blood oaths, and marriage licenses.  The reality is without God in Heaven by our side we will never succeed.  We need Him.

His promises are true, His promises are time-tested, Faith approved, and eternal.  These are the promises I turn to, the promises I lean on, I stand on, and I kneel on daily.

May you find the same comfort and rest that come from these promises today.


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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