Some promises are made without much thought like “See you next Tuesday for lunch.” Being polite, we may say, “Sure, I can come to your party.” We intend to follow through but something more important might interfere with our plans or we may even forget! Sometimes we make very significant promises, like in our marriage vows.
To gain the trust and respect of those we associate with ~ family, friends, coworkers, etc., we should strive to treat everything we say as a promise to be kept. When we are unable to keep a promise, even a simple one, we should let the person affected know ahead of time to prevent disappointment and to maintain trust. Trust is hard to establish with another person, but can be easily damaged.
It is important to be a man or woman of your word. Every word carries weight.
Bible Reading: Genesis 12:1-3
God made a very special promise to a man named Abraham. God promised that through Abraham He would make a great nation. Abraham believed God despite what seemed humanly impossible at the time. Abraham was already an old man and did not have any children. Abraham’s wife Sarah was also past child-bearing age. Abraham had great faith. God said that Abraham had a right relationship with Him because of his faith. God kept His promise to Abraham. Sarah had a son named Isaac. Through Isaac’s son Jacob and from the twelve sons of Jacob the nation of Israel was born.
God also promised that through one of Abraham’s descendants the entire world would be blessed. God kept His promise from generation to generation until eventually the blessing to the entire world came through Abraham’s descendant Jesus.
- Name a famous President in U.S. history whose name was Abraham.
- Do you believe people when they make a promise to you?
- How connected are the words “promise, trust, relationship, commitment, responsibility”?
- Why was God’s promises to Abraham humanly impossible to be fulfilled?
God has made promises. He is trustworthy to keep His word. Discover a relationship with God to understand His promises to you.
interfere – to stop or prevent from continuing
vow – a solemn promise
strive – to achieve with great effort
promise – to make a firm commitment
damaged – to be harmed
Abraham – the father of the nation of Israel
descendants – generations of your children and children’s children
commitment – one’s personal choice or decision to take a certain course of action; loyalty to a promise
nation of Israel – descendants of Abraham
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Abram (later changed to Abraham), raised as a city-dweller, left his home to adopt a nomadic life (one who lives in a tent) as he took the first step toward receiving his promise.
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Genesis 12:4