Have you ever broken a promise? More than likely you have. Maybe circumstances changed, or you were somehow providentially impaired. It is never a good feeling, but the worst feeling is when someone promised you something and they did not keep the promise.
It does not take too many of these failures until you begin to trust the person less and less. Aren’t there just some people that you take what they say with a grain of salt? That phrase, by the way, comes from the idea that if you take something with a grain of salt it makes it easier to swallow.
But, God is not like that, He is the great promise keeper, if there ever has been one. In Joshua 21:43-45, long after the promise was made, the promise is kept concerning the Promised Land. Listen to what it says:
“Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.
Now, you better know exactly what God promises, you can’t just make it up or insert yourself into a promise not directed to you. But, once you know God’s promise you can know He will keep it, with no salt added.
“Not one word of the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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