Have you ever watched a presidential debate on TV? If you have, then you know that each party is full of promises they plan on carrying out once they are in office. We all know the second they get into office though, it was all fake and they just told people what they wanted to hear. One instance of a politician breaking a promise was back in 1964. Lyndon B Johnson promised “We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.” He was talking about the Vietnam War that the U. S. entered during his presidency. That’s just one example of thousands of promises not kept by politicians.
Lucky for us, as Christians, we have someone that makes promises and always means and fulfills what He says. That is our Almighty God in Heaven. In Jeremiah 33:14, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.” What’s the promise that God is talking about? It’s Jesus. Look at verse 15, “will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David.” The “B” in Branch is capitalized because God is saying that Christ is the branch from the Davidic Tree. We as believers know that this promise that God gave Jeremiah to prophecy was fulfilled around 600 years later.
Prophecy after prophecy, promise after promise God always does what He says. As believers, we are to follow Christ to live and do as He did. So corrupt politicians aside, let’s look in the mirror. What promises haven’t we kept? Promises aren’t something God doesn’t forget about or forget to fulfill. So is it something that we should forget about when we make a promise to a friend or co-worker? How about fathers and mothers, do you promise to take your kids somewhere, or promise them ice cream later, on and then not fulfill it? How are we then any different than that corrupt politician messing with people’s minds, when we are directly affecting the ones we love with empty promises?
Next time you or I decide to make a promise to someone make sure to give it some thought and consideration knowing without a doubt that it won’t make a liar out of you or me. Let’s also be careful not to turn someone away from God’s Word because of an empty promise.
Romans 4:21, “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.”