There were times when promises were not kept. There were instances when we consciously broke our promises due to ‘many reasons.’
My late father promised to send me overseas for my studies, but unfortunately, it did not materialize due to the recession in 1997. Before that, he used to promise to buy me ‘good food such as McDonald’s or KFC’ if I could score well on my primary and secondary examinations. For your information, fast food during my teenage years was considered a luxury. Yet, he had ‘thousands or millions of reasons’ for breaking his promises. I was upset and disappointed with him because of the broken promises. Before he passed away, my mother shared with me how tough and challenging it was for my late father to care for my siblings. He had to save a lot, while his colleagues had new cars and houses. He envied them, yet he knew he could not afford it. My heart felt more guilt and shame about my own thoughts.
At times, we have no choice but to break our own promises. Yet, our Lord Jesus never breaks His promises. One hymn speaks clearly about God’s promises. I will quote verse two of this hymn.
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
I’m standing on the promises of God.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Cor. 1:20)
Perhaps we might doubt God and His promises because we feel that God breaks His promises or has yet to fulfill them. Personally, there is a difference between promises and prophecies, although there could be some ‘overlapping theological explanation.’ Biblical promises are founded on God’s holy character, relating to salvation and redemption, leading us to believe in who He is. Biblical prophecy involves someone sent by God with a message to convey.
I firmly believe that God’s promises are not tied to any specific timing. They are meant to help us understand who He is and foster intimacy with Him. Verse 2 of this popular hymn emphasizes the importance of deeply knowing God’s Word to strengthen our faith. Additionally, the hymn’s writer reminds the audience to be sensitive to the Spirit’s call in verse 5.
In our lives, we may feel disturbed, annoyed, frustrated, or disappointed with something or somebody. I believe Christ is the Head of the Body of Christ. God communicates through different messengers (prophets) in His church, indicating that God is still at work. He has called the church (ROLC) to be ‘the lighthouse’ of our community and this red-dot, Singapore.
Therefore, if this is the church founded on God’s promise, brothers and sisters, let us unite together for God’s glory. Personally, I believe that God will keep His promise in watching over His body of Christ until Jesus Christ returns.