We’ve all heard the old saying “promises were made to be broken”! I am not sure who first coined that phrase but it is obvious they were either on the receiving end of a broken promise or they broke a promise to someone.
If you have had any disappointments in relationships, you might believe this is a true statement. Remember when you met that special someone, and all appeared to be going well in the relationship? You tiptoed around as if you were walking on air. You could finish each other’s sentences and you stayed on the phone just listening to each other breathe. You promised to love each other forever. You promised to be true to each other. It didn’t matter that you were only 16. It was a promise! Then came the unexpected break up. The tears flowed and your heart was broken! You just knew you would never love like that again. “Promises were made to be broken”.
Then there are those special friendships where you promise to be friends forever! Today, the term is BFF (best friends forever). You shared secrets and promised not to tell. The next thing you know that secret you told was being broadcast all over town, on the school yard and even at your church. You learn the hard way that the best kept secret is the one you just don’t tell. “Promises were made to be broken!”
The word promise is defined as a declaration to do, to give or to arrange something. A promise can also be a declaration not to do something. It is a pledge or a vow. And oh, how it hurts when you realize a promise made to you will not be kept or was never intended to be kept! How could you have been so gullible to believe the promises spoken to you were truthfully spoken?
When I was in my brokenness because of broken promises, I called on Jesus! I wanted to know why. Why would anyone want to hurt me with false promises? Why would anyone tell me lies and still continue to look me in my face? Why would they not keep their promises to me? Why? I can’t tell you that I have ever found the answers to any of my whys. I just know these were some experiences I had to go through in my life’s journey.
When you enter into a relationship with the LORD, you will come to know that He will keep His promises.
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it. (Numbers 23:19-20)
He gives us instructions to do right and we can receive what the LORD has promised.
Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors (Deuteronomy 6:18)
He can be trusted!
Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. (2 Samuel 7:28)
Even in times of trouble, He promises to sustain you.
Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. (Psalm 119:116)
If we believe in Him, He promises us eternal life!
For God so loved the world, that HE agave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
And this is what he promised us–eternal life. (1 John 2:25)
Dear LORD, Thank you for your promises! Thank you for loving me when promises that were made to me were broken. Thank you for sustaining me. Forgive me, LORD, for uttering promises that I did not keep. LORD, I thank You for being gracious and merciful. LORD, help me to do right and to live right so that I may continue to receive your great promises in my life. I thank You for the promises that have already been fulfilled and I thank you for the promises that are yet to be! Dear LORD, I thank you, that even in my brokenness, you were restoring me with your promises. In the name of Jesus, I say, Amen.