Undoubtedly, you and I know people we can trust to carry out their promises to the full. But as a rule, the days where, “My word is my bond,” appear to have been well and truly assigned to history.
Many Christians have joined the world in the belief that they cease to be accountable for all prior commitments when relationships end. The current trajectory of the family is one that can well lead to the destruction of our civilisation if not checked. The wedding vows are just the beginning of a lifetime of promises and commitments. The integrity of society depends on the integrity of mum and dad to carry out their promises.
The promises made by God form the foundation and superstructure of the church. Our salvation and walk with God are built into those promises. The apostle Paul speaks of the faith of Abraham when told by God that he and Sarah would be parents:
“With respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:20-21).
It escaped the notice of neither Abraham nor his good wife that God’s promises were of a miraculous nature. And it should not escape us that God’s promises to us are of a miraculous nature also.
Our daily spiritual needs are sustained by his promises.
We glory in the promise that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. It is by the power of his sin sacrifice that he presents us as justified before the Father. The writer to the Hebrew Christians gives courage for the journey ahead: “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:36).
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).