Do you ever make promises? If so, do you find it hard to keep them sometimes?
My desire is to be a man of my word. I grew up in a time when a handshake between two men meant something. Oftentimes, that handshake represented someone’s word and was better than a contract. It was a promise.
Jacob encountered God on his way to Haran. His mother didn’t want him to marry a local woman, so she had Isaac send him back to her brother’s house. Along the way, he slept and had a dream. (Gen 28:12)
God made several promises to Jacob: that the land where he slept would be his; his offspring would be countless; and that He (God) would always be with him and never leave him.
Throughout the Bible, God made one promise over and over: that He would be with that person in that particular story. Then, in Matthew 28:20, Jesus promised to be with his disciples, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I accept this promise from Jesus with gratitude. I am so thankful He promised to be with us always. During my treatments, His promise helped me tremendously to endure surgery, chemo and radiation.
I know that I have failed at times to keep all my promises; sometimes dues to circumstances I couldn’t control and, other times, because I was weak or not wise. I’ve had to apologize more than once for promising more than I could deliver.
As I grow in Christ, my desire is to be more like Him, and so I should always be a man of my word. So, before I make a promise I should remember the example I have been given in Christ and strive to be more like Him everyday.