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The Original Promise Keeper

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Most of us will never have an earthly relationship in which every promise is completely fulfilled. But God is fully trustworthy, and He really, really wants you to know that you can trust Him with everything—now and for eternity.

Joshua 23:14  

There is probably no larger collective stain on the conscience of the human race than the guilt associated with unkept promises. Parents make promises to their children and then don’t follow through. Spouses make promises to end disagreements—and then don’t keep them. And, of course, there are the promises that politicians make. Those are so rarely fulfilled that no one even thinks of them as promises any more.

But think what a blessed event it would be for a parent to gather his or her children around the bedside in life’s waning hours, and to summarize life by saying that all promises had been kept: “Children, it is a great comfort for me to leave you knowing that not one promise that I made to you has gone unfulfilled. It was my intent to win your trust by keeping my word, and I believe I have done that.” Think what it would have meant to those children growing up to have had a parent who kept every promise. What a difference it would make in the life of a child never to develop the cynicism that comes when promises are repeatedly not kept. The trust and faith that would arise would be of a purity perhaps unknown in our experience.

Most people will never have an earthly relationship in which every promise is completely fulfilled. Unfortunately, our suspicion of people makes it hard for us to trust God and his promises. But we need to listen in on the conversation Joshua had with the leaders of Israel near his death. He reminded them that they knew—not just mentally knew, but knew with all their heart and soul—that God had kept all of his promises. All of his promises. Knowing with your heart and soul means that you know God kept not just the letter of his promises, but the spirit of them as well. Kept them not because he had to, but because he wanted to.

God is fully trustworthy, and really, really wants you to know that you can trust him with everything—now and for eternity.

God’s Promise to You: “My word spoken is my word accomplished.”

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