Perhaps we’ve all been given hollow promises, from people who were quick with words of assurance but slow to deliver on what they had pledged. Life is full of unfulfilled promises: marriage vows discarded in a moment of temptation and passion; business contracts broken and bills left unpaid. It’s rare that an agreement can be sealed with a word or a handshake. The value of a promise is entirely dependent on the character of the one who makes it.
God frequently lets us humans know that He is not like us. It’s a mistake to teach that God is just like a Father, when Jesus taught that God’s fatherhood is entirely unlike even the best of earthly fathers. And as Scripture points us to the faithfulness of God (1 Cor. 1:9; 2 Tim. 2:13), we realize that God is not fickle and untrustworthy, as we humans are. Obviously our ability to trust is shaped by our experiences, and it may be that we have been deeply betrayed or lied to, and that affects our relationship with God. But in a world of exaggeration, scam, spin, propaganda, and blatant lies, it’s good to know that there is One who is utterly and totally dependable, whose word can be depended on.
And then there are those of us who respond to God’s promises on the basis of our feelings. Too many of us don’t enjoy the scandalous grace and forgiveness of God because our emotions tell us to continue in shame.
But our hope is not based on our experiences or emotions, but on the rock-solid dependency of God’s character.
Pray: You are trustworthy, Lord. Help me to trust my life to Jesus, who gave His life as the fulfillment of a promise to rescue and save. Amen.