Promises. Promises? Promises!

By Rev. Troy Slater/Faith Lutheran Church

Earlier this week, I watched the first of three scheduled presidential debates. Ninety minutes of discussion, argument, accusation, facts and twisted facts, and, of course, the usual campaign promises. And while I believe that some of those campaign promises are sincere, I imagine others have been made simply to get votes. In fact, when it comes to the political process, it might be best to put a question mark after a politician’s promises.

Politicians aren’t alone in this failure to keep promises. For it seems that sadly, we live in a society in which we’ve gotten rather used to promises being broken. For example, when you consider that the divorce rate in our society is around 50 percent (even among Christians), even the promises made at God’s altar between a husband and wife don’t seem to be carried out all that much better than those on the campaign trail.

    But really, it’s probably hard for any of us to point an accusing finger at anyone as probably all of us have broken more than our share of promises at work or with our children, even at church. No, it’s probably not just politicians who need a question mark placed after their promises.

It’s estimated that the Bible contains more than 7,000 promises by God. Promises that include a wide variety of topics made to a wide variety of people at a wide variety of times. But perhaps we each need to ask, “Do any of those promises by God apply to me?” “Does God even concern Himself with me?” And if so, “Can He be trusted.” First of all, let me assure you that God does concern Himself with you and in fact many of His promises do apply to you. Take the familiar John 3:16 for example, “God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have everlasting life.”  God the Father gave His only-begotten Son Jesus to live and to die and to be raised again in order to save sinners. That is the promise of this verse and it is a promise that applies to anyone who hears that message of Jesus. And so if you have broken a promise (and thus in need of being saved.) then this promise of God does apply to you.

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