You can’t promise that

This may be one of my favorites:

In spite of the fact that I am a fan of Journey, I can’t help but notice a trend with much music in the past century. Isn’t interesting that so many people make promises like this? “I’ll be faithful; I’m with you forever… I’ll never break your heart (thanks Backstreet Boys, for that one).” Every day while I’m at work I am subjected to the “I’ll love you forever and never leave you” crapola that we call music. We can say whatever we want when we sing or make promises, but who’s to say that we can keep those?

Only Jesus

To many, this sounds too cliche, but consider the words of Paul on which this blog site is based:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am pleased to say that only Jesus can make the promise that He will love us forever because only Jesus is in eternity and can look ahead to say that with confidence. All other people in this world will fail us in some way or another and we will fail many others as we live out our lives. But praise be to God who saves us through His Son Jesus and gives us His Spirit that He might be able to say of us, “Mine. Forever Mine!”

And the thing is- with Jesus, He actually makes good on His promises. So God tells Abraham that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars; He delivers (starting with two sons in a very old age). He tells Jacob that his descendants will never be blotted out as long as the seasons continue in their course; even today Israel is still present in this world. He tells His people of a coming Messiah who will save all who believe in Him; Jesus comes and fulfills that promise.

 

There is much comfort to be had there for the child of God.

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