Promises to Keep
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep; and miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost spoke these words years ago in a university setting. Following his address, a young man asked him, “What did you mean, Mr. Frost, by ‘promises to keep’?” Frost said, “I believe we have promises to keep to those who’ve gone before us, to our ancestors. And we have promises to keep to our contemporaries, to those we are living with right now, today. Finally,” he said, “ we have promises to keep to those unborn generations who will follow us. And,” added the great poet, “I have promises to keep to myself, and to God.”
I think Frost compiled a list that applies to every one of us. There is no one on this planet who does not have promises to keep. For the heritage that is ours and for the privileges we possess, we have promises to keep to our ancestors. We have commitments to keep and a sense of responsibility to our immediate families, friends and associates. And we have promises to keep to the future generations, whose lives will be shaped by the actions we take, the words we speak and the deeds we do. We have promises to keep.
How do we make certain we will keep these promises? We determine to live in obedience to God, claiming His promises, following His commands, seeking His will in all that we do. We become promise keepers by placing our lives under His authority, and by becoming imitators of His Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE
1 Peter 5; 2 Peter 1-3; Psalm 85