Our word is only as good as our follow through, but as our guest today points out, despite our best intentions, you and I will fall short eventually. But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. To the contrary, only serve to reveal a hope beyond us and every disappointment we face or create.
The Power of a Promise
By Tara Johnson
“I would never hurt you.”
“I promise I’ll clean my room, Mom.”
“I’ll stay in touch.”
“The check is in the mail.”
“My diet starts tomorrow.”
“I’ll pray for you.”
“I won’t do it again.”
I’ve heard hundreds of promises. I’ve made hundreds more. I’m a mom who likes to believe my word is my bond, but in truth, I’ve failed my children. Probably many times over.
Part of the problem with making promises is we guarantee things we have no control over. I may promise to arrive at a certain time, but I have no way to know about the wreck on the interstate that will back up traffic and inevitably delay me. I may fully intend to return a phone call, but a sick child throws a kink in the daily’s schedule. I guarantee a day of outside fun for my children until a thunderstorm rolls in.
Control is an illusion. We can’t promise what we don’t have.
Many of us are seek security, yearn for one steady place amid the chaos. We put our hopes in people that will ultimately let us down because they’re human, like us. On the flip side, we’re so desperate to create stability for others that we guarantee things we can’t possibly fulfill, despite our desires.
As many of us know, a broken promise can equal a broken heart.
The One who keeps the universe spinning is the only one able to make and fulfill all His promises. When God makes a vow, it’s as good as done. “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him” (Proverbs 30:5, ESV).
The power of a promise is in the character of the promise giver. To put it another way, guarantees are only as strong as the person who gives them.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, ESV).
“I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from My lips” (Psalm 89:34, ESV)
Some of God’s promises are conditional and some are not.
Adding them all up, the closest count is 3,573 vows God has made to His children. These promises sit on the unshakeable foundation of Who He is, not who we are. Isn’t that good news?
I don’t second guess God nearly as much as I did when I was younger. Why? Because he’s proven himself over and over again. When I read His Word, I know the vow is already completed.
My security rests in Him.
Let’s talk about this! Is there a particular promise God’s made that brings you comfort? How does knowing God’s promises rest on His faithfulness not ours give you peace? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below, and make sure to visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for inspirational messages and images.
Get to know Tara!
Tara Johnson is an author, speaker and singer from Alexander, AR. A passionate lover of stories, she loves to travel to churches, ladies retreats and prisons to share how God led her into freedom after spending years living shackled as a people-pleasing preacher’s kid.
Tara has articles published in Plain Truth Magazine and Live It Loud Magazine and has been a featured guest on Voice of Truth radio and Enduring Word radio. Tara is a member of ACFW and is represented by Janet Grant of Books & Such Literary Agency. She, her husband, and children live in Arkansas.
Check out her debut release, Engraved on the Heart:
Reluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to keep her epilepsy secret for fear of a scandal. As the tensions of the Civil War arrive on their doorstep in Savannah, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines-until her old schoolmate Micah shows her a life-changing truth that sets her feet on a new path . . . as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.
Dr. Micah Greyson never hesitates to answer the call of duty, no matter how dangerous, until the enchanting Keziah walks back into his life and turns his well-ordered plans upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God’s plan amid such turbulent times.
Battling an angry fianci, a war-tattered brother, bounty hunters, and their own personal demons, Keziah and Micah must decide if true love is worth the price . . . and if they are strong enough to survive the unyielding pain of war.
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