Have you ever promised something to someone and then were unable to fulfill that promise to them? I know I have. I think of the times I promised my son, Josh, something when he was little, like “I promise you’ll feel better” after he’d been sick, and then he got sick again. Or, “I promise we’ll go to the park after your nap,” then it rained. Promises are tricky. It’s our absolute intent to keep them, but then life happens and sometimes it’s impossible to keep them!

A promise is, “to assure someone that they will definitely do, give, or arrange something; undertake or declare that something will happen.” The problem with us making promises is we have no real authority to give that kind of a guarantee. Even the President of the United States of America has no ability to promise something outside of his own control. Yet, we live in a world that is filled with promises, even “money back guarantees!” And when they get broken, which is so often the case, we become jaded. The problem isn’t the promise; it’s the promiser. We can’t keep every promise we make because we’re not the One who is in control of ALL things…that’s God! Somehow though, because of the skewed view of promises, God can get a bad rap about His promises He made to us.

I recently started reading a book by James MacDonald about God’s promises. It’s called Always True (God’s 5 Promises When Life is Hard). The second promise is titled “Promise #2: God is Always in Control.” This promise is what we all set off believing as Christians, right? We meet our God and believe that He’s got us covered. Then life’s pains slip in, and before we know it, we’ve got some real doubts that we are wrestling with. MacDonald, writes, “Doubt is the cancer of the soul.”

When we become overrun with doubt, it can damage what we believe about God. This is where we must engage our faith and bring our doubts before the Father. We might not know what He is doing, but we trust that He is in control! God’s promises are hard for us to understand. That’s why it says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

God’s promises always come true; they just might not be in the time frame we were expecting. We know the Word tells us that everything of God is true; He is sovereign over all the earth. He is supreme over everything! There isn’t one thing He has forgotten when it comes to us, and His love for us. So, if you’re hanging on to a promise and you’re at the of your rope, check to see who the Promiser is. If it’s the Lord God, don’t worry; He’s got you! Cling to Him and know that He goes with you! He will never leave or forsake you! This is a promise I know I can make!

Kristin Tucker
Director of Worship Arts