Bruce Osborn, Chaplain
YMCA at Pabst Farms —Oconomowoc, WI

Promises; we make them, keep them, and sometimes break them. Our word is our bond, we might say. But can we keep, or count on someone else to keep a promise made? The answer is simply “No,” not 100% of the time. We have all been let down, and have let someone else down. It is safe to say that although we have the best of intentions, we will never be able to keep every the promise we make.

But the question remains, does God keep His promises?

Throughout Scripture we read of the promises that God has made to us, His people. Yet, at times, many of those promises seem empty and unfulfilled. We might ask God to heal an illness, restore a broken relationship, or provide the means to make it through a difficult financial crisis.  But His answer seems to elude us.  His promise of peace and joy in the midst of storms of life is all too distant or unattainable at times. Does it mean that God is absent, or untrue to what He promised?

The Psalmist knew of God’s faithfulness and would answer that question this way: “The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does” (Psalm 145:13). The truth is this, God isfaithful, no matter what we believe about Him. He will always be true to His word. His fulfillment of a promise may not look like what we would hope for, and it may not be delivered in the time we desire (and maybe not even in this lifetime), but God cannot act contrary to His word. He will fulfill His promise for your life, in His time, and in His way.

The prophet Isaiah, speaking the words of God, said it like this: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”

We may not always understand, or even be able to see the way God is working to fulfill His promises to us, but we trust that He is working, and that He will fulfill His promises to us. We live this life by faith, a deep belief that the God who said it will bring it to pass.

What promise are you trusting God to fulfill in your life? Whatever it is, keep trusting, keep believing, and keep responding in faith.

“Do not throw away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” —Hebrews 12:35-36