Given the grim realities that are facing Americans today, one might be led to believe that he or she is not so much living in the “land of promise” but in the “land of broken promises” instead.
Consider the various “promises” that flood us from all sorts of sources in the world. Such promises tell you that if you look a certain way or you do a certain deed or you have a certain thing then you will be loved. They tell you that if you try your best and work your hardest, then you will be known for your achievements, you will prosper in your lifestyle, and you will be liked by everyone else.
Well, if we stop for a moment and look carefully around us, we will see that investing our time, our minds, and even our souls in such pursuits invariably ends with us still unappreciated, under compensated, and somehow still unloved.
But then, if one thinks about it a little bit, that is really how it has to be. We are, after all, created to NEED God. If “things” too easily satisfied our souls’ deepest cravings, then we would continue on our merry ways, heedless that we were settling for cheap counterfeits when the “real thing” was right there all along in front of us. Oh, I realize that some will never lift their eyes above the busy-ness of everyday life and may continue along in life tragically cheating the Lord of the devotion to Him for which He created us but also short-changing themselves of the possibilities that only the love of our infinite and eternal God can bring to them.
Have you been bruised by broken promises? Have you fallen victim to the vain voices of competing philosophies of our contemporary culture? Have your dreams diminished to nothing as disappointment and disillusionment take up their permanent residency in your heart?
If any of these things are true of you, then now is the time to let go of such fruitless hopes and turn to the One Who keeps His promises. And even if you have not yet reached the end of your rope, then now is the time to change course before you crash and burn.
“In hope he (Abraham) believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, ‘So shall your offspring be’… No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised” (Romans 4:18, 20-21 ESV).
The fact is that God has the power to keep His promises. Nothing else in the world can give us such certainty for even with good intentions (and that is assuming a lot for most people today who make promises), circumstances frequently arise that make mincemeat of the promises that have been made. Only almighty God is immune to the effect of circumstance for He is Lord of all things and “works all things together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
And just what has He promised you anyway? He promises hope no matter what our economy is like and no matter what illness may be afflicting you. He promises love if you’ll genuinely open yourself up to His love by letting go of sin and selfishness which are always trying to crowd out God’s best for you. He promises peace in spite of the swirling storms of turmoil that surround you. God is immutable: He never changes and cannot be made to change by whim or worry of human heart, by wave or wind of worldly woes, nor by the slow progression of the passing of time.
The same certainty that anchored Abraham to the living Rock of God, can anchor us to Him as well. That anchor is faith in the Lord.
Frankly, you and I need to cling to such a rock of hope, securing the “anchors” of our confidence to such a certainty. Jobs may be lost, health may fail, relationships may be broken, and dreams may die, but when He is our hope, we will always have something to live for, and possess a dream that cannot be taken away.
Pastor Thom Mollohan leads Pathway Community Church and may be reached for comments or questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.