Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The scripture does not say, 'and to his seeds', meaning many people, but, 'and to your seed', meaning one person, who is Christ." (NIV)
Promises. Easier to make than to keep. Have you ever broken a promise? It makes you feel pretty bad, doesn't it? When you made the promise, you really meant it. But, circumstances changed, and you couldn't keep your word. Later you felt so bad that you avoided the person you had disappointed... couldn't look him in the eye... didn't feel at ease around him... The burden of guilt over a broken promise can become a wedge between you and your friend.
Has anyone ever broken a promise to you? It hurts, doesn't it? You were counting on that person. Or that favor. Or that money. Or the amount of time you thought you were going to spend with that particular person... Now you feel slighted, insignificant, let down. Maybe bitter and betrayed. Not good. Since you are human, both of these experiences have happened in your life. You have broken promises to others and you have also experienced the disappointment broken promises.
But God keeps ALL His promises. Every promise in the Scriptures has been, is being, or will be fulfilled. God's promise was of a Messiah - a descendant of Abraham. And that promise was fulfilled with the humble birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
As Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 40:6, "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God stands forever."
God never falters. Never fails. God made a covenant with mankind. The same God Who spoke promises to Abraham fulfilled those promises with the birth pf Christ. God continues to fulfill His promises to mankind. We are part of the Abrahamic covenant; God does not change.
Nowadays we are accustomed to contracts rather than covenants. With a contract all the persons involved must sign the statement, signifying that the statement is true, and agreeing upon what consequences will occur if the contract is broken. Thus, a contract is based on distrust and the assumption of failure. Nut a covenant is a promise made by all parties involved, and there is no contingency clause or "Plan B" in case of failure. The covenant is made with success in mind; it is built upon trust.
Only though a covenant with Christ will we find permanent solutions to our problems. Have you formed a covenant with Him? Or, are you settling for a mere contract with the world?