“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”Titus 1:1-2
I have made many a promise, and I have had promises made to me. I have also broken my fair share, and I have had others break their promise to me. Everyone is quite familiar with the old handshake promise that many would not dare trust today. It is sad to say, but we are automatically leery when someone promises to do something because of our prior experiences with broken promises. We tend to go for pre-nuptial agreements and guaranteed contracts to protect our best interests.
On August 7, 1999 I made a promise to Rebekah to have her as my wife until death do us part. We made a commitment that day not knowing what the future would hold but knowing we were committed to each other through the good and bad. Prior to the wedding I gave it much thought and I had no problem saying, “I do” in front of those who were able to attend the wedding. I did not take the promise lightly, and I took the promise to heart. I didn’t seek a way out or a loophole, and I did not bolt for the exit. God has been merciful in the last 20 plus years and has taught me a lot along the way as it pertains to the marriage relationship.
I am grateful for a promise that is made to be kept as it brings about great security and hope. When troubles arise and fears come, one can go back to the promise that was given. I remember the words I proudly said at the altar, and I am reminded of the brevity of what those words mean. I would like to say we are the perfect couple, but that would be a biased and untrue statement. I am grateful for the promise Rebekah made to me, and I take security and comfort in knowing that forever means forever.
I think of the hope and security of eternal life. I am comforted every time I lay down to sleep that I may wake up in the presence of my Savior. I think of the hardships that I sometimes face and realize it is but for a short moment in time. Eternity is a long time and something we cannot wrap our arms around or even imagine. If we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, then the promise of eternal life with Him will he realized. God’s promise was made since the beginning of time, but it will be fulfilled on the day of our death. I am grateful for a God who never breaks His promise, and a God who is always faithful. The promise is the truth – God’s truth. Our hope is not in this world, but our hope lies in our God who cannot lie.
How about you friend? Have you accepted the free gift of His promise? Is your hope found in Him or you holding onto something that will soon fade away? May we be named as a servant of the Most High God, and may we live with the hope that is only found in Jesus Christ. Where will you spend eternity? Will His promise be fulfilled in your life or are you hoping in your own good works? When our eyes close for the last time may they open up to the promise of God. Choose Him and choose life or reject Him and choose death.