No Doubt About It
I want to be known as a woman of my word. When I had my children, one of the things that was especially important to me was to pass on to them the importance of truth, so I was careful to make promises only when I was reasonably sure I could keep them. When they asked for something, like if we could go to the park or if they could have ice cream later on, I would usually answer, “We’ll see.” That way, if situations occurred that would stop me from taking them to the park or getting ice cream cones, I wouldn’t be breaking a promise. Mark, my youngest, picked up on my habit, and realizing that I was steering clear of turning his request into a promise remarked, “‘We’ll see’ means ‘no’.”
I couldn’t always make a promise—a covenant—with my boys because I could not be absolutely sure of its fulfillment. God is not like that. When He makes a promise, He will make it happen, no doubt about it. After the Flood, God made a promise to Noah and his descendants (that includes us, by the way). Genesis 9:11 quotes God and says, “Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth” (NKJ). This was not a “we’ll see” comment. God even invented a special reminder for Himself. “The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth… This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth” Genesis 9:16-17.
In my case, sometimes “we’ll see” did mean the request couldn’t be filled at that time because I couldn’t see the future. However, when I could see clear to get it done, then I’d say, “I promise.” By operating this way, I could emulate for my children what God’s word was like. His word can always be believed. I wanted my boys to understand that they could always trust that the fulfillment of God’s promises is a sure thing. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen” Second Corinthians 1:20 (NKJ).
When it comes to any promise in God’s word, there’s no doubt about it. Worship God today for being the Promise Keeper.
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