Empty promises

Posted: September 14, 2016 in Thoughts on God

for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b ESV)

Have you ever made an empty promise? Has anyone ever made an empty promise to you? Maybe you’ve assured someone that you would perform a task with the best of intentions, only to fail in completing it? There are a host of issues that surround assuring another person of anything. If we’ve been hurt before, it can be difficult to maintain trust in others, even if a new person you’re having trouble trusting has never let you down. This is because we know that at the end of the day, he or she is still a human, and all humans make mistakes. But, how should we respond to God when He makes a promise to us?

“He has said” is a profound statement. When we read these words it should cause us to pay keen attention to any phrase that would follow. Remember, when God speaks things happen! He spoke the universe into existence (Psalm 33:8-9), determined when and where we would live (Acts 17:26), and sustains all things by His word (Hebrews 1:3). Of this statement Spurgeon so aptly commented that “whether for delight in our queitude, or strength in our conflict, “He hath said!” must be our daily resort” (Thoughts for the Quiet Hour, Nov 15). What is it that “he has said”? “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” His promise is sure.

Walk in peace and confidence today, knowing that amidst any trial or uncertainty, we have a covenant promise from the Creator of all things. We will never be alone.

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