1 Kings 1:30 Be A Person Of Your Word

I will surely carry out this day what I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place. 1 Kings 1:30

Millions of promises are made every day all over the world. Many are just made with speaking, while many are made with some type of signed contract or agreement.

Although all of these promises are made, many of them are also broken, sometimes almost immediately. Since so many are broken, most will require a signed contract for any promise.

As David was nearing his death, Adonijah tried to take the throne as king. David said he would fulfill his promise to Bathsheba that Solomon would be the next king and made him king.

Over the centuries of time, God has made many different promises to people. The majority of those promises have been fulfilled, while others are still in the works of being fulfilled.

Believers are to be just like God in fulfilling their promises. Yet, it is common for people, both believer and non-believer, to pull back on their promise and not fulfill it. Excuses are made to give reason why they cannot or will not fulfill the promise.

It would be better for a person to never make a promise than to make one and not fulfill it. God will hold a person accountable for every idle word he makes, this includes all of his promises made in haste of the moment.

While the world is quick to break a promise, believers should be separate and different in fulfilling their promises each and every time. Doing so will show integrity and that God will also fulfill His promises. Believers are the representatives of God here on earth.

Most likely you have made some promises to other people at some point in your life. You must be willing to work at fulfilling those promises. Seek God’s help and strength to fulfill all the promises you have made.

In your future you may also seek God for wisdom on what promises you should or should not make. Do not be hasty with your words and get yourself trapped into a promise you cannot keep.

Can people count on you to be a person of your word, just as God is a God of His word, fulfilling every promise?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will give you strength to fulfill all of your promises; that you will seek God’s wisdom in making a promise; and that people will see God’s faithfulness through your faithfulness to fulling your promises.

Deuteronomy 23:23 Keep Your Word

Handshake promise

Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the LORD your God with your own mouth. Deuteronomy 23:23

Every day millions of people make promises about something to someone. This can be promises to other people or to God. At the same time there are millions of people who break their promises and do not fulfill what they said they would do.

Breaking the promise is such a common problem, that people have to sign extremely detailed contracts to make a promise on many things. These contracts are legally binding writings stating that the person will do what was promised, or there will be consequences.

During the time of Moses, having a written contract was not common, it was just the word of the person. God tells them that they must keep their promise, because it was the person who freely, from his own mouth, made the promise.

It does not matter why or how the promise was made, it must be kept, despite the consequences. People will come up with every excuse possible as to why they have to break the promise. Yet, it must be kept. God holds the person accountable for that promise.

Many people will also make a sudden rash promise to God in the heat of the moment. Often this is done to make God happy with them and to get Him to change the situation. God will hold that person responsible for that promise.

God always keeps every promise He has ever made. He is and will be faithful forever to His word. Believers are to be just like God and keep their promises. They are not to suddenly refuse to keep the promise, regardless of how hard it may be to keep it.

Jesus kept His promise to you in providing you salvation and forgiveness for your sins. Keeping His promise cost Him His life. He had to die on the cross in order to keep His promise to save you.

Each day you have options on what you will say and what you will do. As a believer, you must always be a person of your word. Fulfill every promise that you make. Every time you make a promise to anyone, remember that you are also making that promise to God, and He will hold you accountable.

Be careful what you say, and always keep your promise.

I pray today that you will only speak what God wants you to say; that God will strengthen you to keep your word; that God will see you as faithful to your word; and that God will help you to keep from making rash promises. 

2 Peter 3:9 Not Slow But Patient

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

Peter had written this letter within twenty to thirty years after Jesus ascended into heaven and had stated He would return soon. People were already questioning His return. They were probably saying that He was being slow in keeping His promise to return.

It is now nearly two-thousand years later, and people are still saying the same thing. Or others are saying that He was a liar and is not returning. However, Jesus is not a liar, nor is He slow. Jesus is being patient.

The entire purpose of His being patient is to give more people a chance to follow Him and be saved. The longer Jesus waits, the more believers can tell others about Him, and the more others can choose to follow Him. Think about it for a moment, if Jesus had returned even within the first hundred years of His leaving, you would not be here, nor would you have had a chance to be saved.

Nearly every believer is anxious for Jesus to return. They want to get away from all the sin and troubles of this world and get into heaven. They want to be with God for eternity. This is understandable, but it is also selfish.

What about the other people who do not know Jesus yet as their personal Lord and Savior?

Every believer knows some to many people who do not believe in Jesus. You probably could count at least a hundred people you know who do not know Jesus yet, and you probably have met many more just in this last year.

Do you really want Jesus to return today and they get sent to hell because they do not know Him?

Keep that in mind as you desire for Jesus to return. Take time today to tell someone about Jesus. Give someone a chance to know Him and be saved. It is for this reason that Jesus has not returned yet.

I pray today that God will reveal His patience to you; that you will have God’s patience; that you will tell others about Jesus daily; that you will repent and believe in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Him through you.