For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
If you're a parent or ever plan to be one, here's a bit of advice: don't make promises to your children when you're exhausted and half asleep. This ALWAYS backfires. You'll inevitably promise too much and under deliver, namely because you'll forget what you said. Or at least, that's what I hear. It's not like I have any experience being called out by my girls for getting their hopes up and dashing them later on.
Being part of a broken world means dealing with broken people who offer broken promises. We all know how it feels when someone doesn't keep their word. Our hope and excitement fizzle. Disappointment sets in. Our hearts grow calloused. Trust gets eroded. With each failed commitment, disillusionment wins out. We grow more and more cynical of people's words being fulfilled.
And that's why our tentative heart and our suspect soul don't know how to respond to the promises of God. An encounter with the ultimate promise maker and promise keeper shakes us to our core.
Promises that are YES and AMEN seem too good to be true. Instead of standing on the security they provide, we tap our foot to see if they're sturdy enough to support the weight of our hope. We don't want to be let down again.
It reveals our natural inclination to doubt, distrust, and hesitate. We second-guess God's motives. We wonder about the fine print of His promises. We worry that if we don’t keep our act together His offer will be rescinded.
Fortunately for us, God's promises don't hinge on our ability or worthiness, but His word and His nature. The Bible contains story after story of God's unwavering commitment to us. He is our God, and we are His people. From the first covenant with the Israelites through Jesus Christ ushering in a new and lasting covenant, every promise has been fulfilled.
We're children of God, covered in grace, filled with the Holy Spirit and part of something much bigger than ourselves. All of that is a done deal. Nothing can break our link to Him or alter this reality. In our unpredictable world, we should take heart knowing that God's love is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He delivers on His love every...single...time.
Where do you need to be reminded that His promises are YES and AMEN?
What makes you doubt His promises in this area of your life?
God, I will firmly plant my feet on the security Your promises provide me. In You, I know who I am. I understand my value, worth, purpose, and significance. No matter what might be taking place in my world, Your love remains a constant. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.