I Promise

October 28, 2009

I Promise

 2 Corinthians 1:20
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.  And so through Him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
   It was the last day of school and I had just finished third grade.  Laura was my best friend and I was to be home schooled the next year.  We promised to be friends forever.  My fifth grade year I came back to school and Laura was there, but I was no longer her best friend.  Parents, friends, people make promises all the time.  In fact I have promised myself many things over the years.  I promised I’d be a better student, that I wouldn’t procrastinate anymore, or that I wouldn’t eat sweets for a week.  Some of these promises are small, but some are big and come with a deep pain when they are forgotten, avoided, or intentionally broken. 
   Every promise God has made to me is “Yes” in Christ; not maybe, not hopefully later, not maybe someday, but YES.  It applies to me.  I don’t have to wonder if it includes me, because I know that it does.  Wow!  What freedom!  What cause for celebration!  Life is full and worth living.
   But what are those promises?  What can I cling to and know that it is mine?  In Genesis God promises to never flood the earth again and leaves a rainbow as a symbol to Noah, his family, and everyone else after that.  He promises to never completely destroy the earth again.  In Jeremiah He says He has a plan for my life.  He promises to fulfill that plan, a plan where I will prosper, a plan full of hope and a future.  In Psalm 37 He promises to “give [me] the desires of [my] heart” if I will only delight myself in Him.  He promises to sustain me and to never let the righteous fall (Psalm 55).  He promises to take care of me and to preserve my life (Psalm 119). 
   In Christ, God’s promises are “Yes.”  So to the glory of God I can say “Amen!”  Thank You Jesus!

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