“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made…”
For several months I have been pondering through study and prayer on the “Promises of God.” During this Advent Season as I have been preparing my heart for Christmas Day the promise of God have taken on a new meaning.
When I reflect on the word promise as usual, I look at the definitions we have in our culture, and I was struck by two similar, but very different versions. Webster defined it as, “a statement telling someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future.” Wikipedia stated, “a promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something,” The interesting part of these two different definitions is in just two words – “statement” vs “commitment”.
What came to mind as I reflected is the experience we have almost daily. Has anyone ever promised something that didn’t actually happen? Depending on the importance of the particular promise made and then broken the outcome is a lack of trust or a devastating loss of trust. Making a promise is nothing more than a statement. Keeping a promise requires a commitment.
We in our humanness may make promises, some are kept and some are not. But when our Papa God makes a promise it is not just a commitment, it is a covenant. It is something we can hold on to and live in and by. The difficulty we have in believing God’s Promises is not with God but with our vision. We only see what we want. We cannot wrap our mind around God’s plan.
God promised Israel a Messiah. They wanted a warrior. God gave them a Savior. They wanted peace in the physical world. God sent them the way to inner peace. The undeniable fact is that all of God’s promises have been and continue to be fulfilled through Christ Jesus. The challenge for us is to trust God’s ultimate plan, not our short-sighted vision.
Jesus is “The Light of the World”. Tomorrow is the Eve we celebrate the coming of that light. Our challenge is to focus on that light, focus on the promise God made to the people of Israel and ultimately the promise he makes to all of us each day. God never fails to keep a promise.
Blessings and Merry Christmas,
Leanne the Urban Hermit