Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation. (Psalm 91:14-16)
Promises are the most important parts of relationships because they have to do with trust, and without trust there cannot be a relationship. Promises are the foundation of a relationship. This election season as well as the fall of a public figure this week have me thinking about promise keepers. When I was a child it was easy for me to trust. I only interacted with my parents and there wasn’t any reason to doubt their commitment to the family. My siblings and I knew that they had our best interest at heart; therefore, they did not have to sign a contract, we took them at their words. Our experience with them indicated that they were deserving of our trust and respect. Now as an adult, sincerity and integrity are conditions to trust. It is hard for me to have confidence in people, unless I have some experience in dealing with the person. The integrity of the one making the promise is the factor that makes the promise valuable. It is actually sad because integrity is not even popular in our culture. It is not a well-used or understood word. We use contracts as way to force people to keep their promises and even then amendments are made to modify or cancel the contract all together.
The newspaper are loaded with headlines concerning some of our most popular political, corporate and even religious leaders, and their statements always filled with awesome promises that never bring fruits. The fact is that promise-keepers are rare .
Friend, I know a promise keeper worthy of your trust. His record speaks for itself. Abraham and Sarah (as God renames them) were made a promise. They were promised a son and the Lord promised that Abraham’s name would become great and that a nation would come from his descendants. God also promises to bless him so that he may be a blessing. Both Abraham and Sarah were old but in due time Isaac was born, (many years later) but still at the right time just as the Lord promised, and finally, The promise was fully and finally realized in Jesus Christ. When God gives us his word on something, He will keep it no matter what. He is The Promise Keeper. It doesn't matter how impossible it seems to be, He will do what He says.
Friend, something has already been done to earn that trust. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay our sin debt in full. You have to trust God when He says He will answer your prayers. When He says He will be with you in time of troubles, He means it. He is the Promise Keeper.
Praise the Lord!