How disappointing is it when promises are broken?
Last week Jessie and I spent a couple of days in Edinburgh helping our two sons, Matthew and David, move into their newly purchased flat. They put in a lot of work to ensure a smooth move from their old flat to the new flat would be effected on one particular day.
Everything seemed to be going really well. We travelled down the day before the move and helped box as much as we could and make final preparations for the flitting the next day.
On the day of the move the van that was hired was picked up and a couple of friends came along to assist. The boxes were loaded onto the van along with a small number of household items of furniture. The old flat was cleaned thoroughly (not by me you can imagine!). The legal documents were signed, keys handed over to Matthew and the move was effected without hitch! David had even factored in a breakfast slot in Morrisons nearby after we arrived at the new flat and before we began to unload the van! And that went according to plan!
All that was needed was the delivery of several items of furniture from Ikea. The order had been placed, paid for and delivery date guaranteed weeks in advance. On the day of the move a phone call from Ikea confirmed that delivery would be on that day as promised. So the unpacking of the van commenced and we were all busy doing a host of jobs in the new flat when we realized that the day was passing and there was no sign of Ikea. ‘But they promised they would be here’ we all agreed. And so 5pm came and went, and 6pm came and went, and when 8pm came and went and there was no sign of Ikea and no way of speaking to anyone who could remedy the situation, we just had to accept they had broken their promise.
What was disappointing was that included in the delivery were beds without which the boys, and equally importantly (maybe), Jessie and I, had nowhere to sleep that night. We had no option but to head back home at 10pm to our own bed. The boys slept on the floor. Not a major disaster, but nevertheless, very disappointing!
The breaking of promises can have consequences that range from disappointing to damaging to disastrous. That is why I thank God that He never breaks his promises. 2 Corinthians 1: 20 says, ‘for no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ and through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God’. All God’s promises are ‘yes’ in Christ- the promise of forgiveness of sins and eternal life (Acts 2: 38), the promise of friendship with God that surpasses every friendship we have (James 2: 23; Proverbs 18: 24) and a future that is sure and bright (Jeremiah 29: 11), the promise of life in all its fullness (John 10: 10) in that whatever we lose for Christ’s sake we will gain and far more from him.
Search out God’s promises in the Bible and take note and take heart as you trust him to keep his promises to you who walk by faith in Jesus Christ day by day. You will not be disappointed.
Your friend and pastor