Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

Promises, Promises

Numbers 23:19- “God is not a man, that he should lie, Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and will he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and will he not make it good?”

“But you promised!” My daughter cried—and even stamped her tiny foot—as she yelled the words. Tears ran down her cheeks and onto her new silk blouse. Four years old and she already knew the meaning—and the heartbreak—of promises not kept!

Earlier in the week, she had asked me if she could have a friend over to swim on Saturday. I said that she could, not knowing that she’d have a terrible cold by Friday. I had to “break” my promise to her and, even though done with good reason, to a small child it became a “broken” promise.

She laid in bed all day, Saturday, coughing and sneezing, with a sore throat and a fever. She slept with the new bright orange and yellow beach towel I had bought her as a reminder of my new promise to ask her friend over, again, for a swim when she felt better.

There are times when, for one reason or another, we may not be able to keep our promises to those we love. However, I am reminded in scripture that God’s promises are  true and we can count on them with 100% certainty.


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