“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:31-34)
God loves you. He is for you. Nothing will change His love for you. But He also longs for you to love Him back. Not because He needs your love, but because He made you to be at your very best when you love Him with everything you’ve got!
The way the Lord values His relationship with you can’t be appreciated until you realize how incredibly invested our God is in keeping His promises to you. How can we not be overwhelmed by the significance of Romans 8:32, “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
Once His plan was in motion to save sinners, God didn’t hesitate to put His own Son on the line to make that salvation a reality at great cost. Having given so much, God will surely never refuse to follow through on, in smaller ways, what He did perfectly and completely for us in Christ. His divine integrity is at stake. He doesn’t make promises He won’t keep …. Ever.
The character of the Promiser is on the line in every promise He has made. If God couldn’t or didn’t keep His promises, both His goodness and His sovereignty would be in question. How could we trust Him? The promises in Psalm 23—green pastures, still waters, and the restoration of your soul—are all guaranteed “for His name’s sake” ~ That means God keeps His promises because the fame of His name is at stake …..
This is true at the divine level, as well as at our level. Can people count on your word? When you commit to do something, to what lengths will you go to keep your promise? Remember, how much you are willing to invest or sacrifice in order to keep a promise is a direct reflection on how much you value the relationship with the one to whom you have made the promise ….. and you know how much we feel hurt or betrayed when someone doesn’t keep their promises or doesn’t follow through on their word. Think how much more so must it hurt our Savior when we fail to keep a promise that we make to Him ….
God honors the one “who swears to his own hurt” (Psalm 15:4). Whenever your back is against the wall and every decision seems critical, your first action must always be to keep your word and do what you promise ~ even if the consequences are negative for you. This approach comes with a price tag at times certainly, but it also teaches you to think twice before making promises. If you give your word, you’ve got to follow through, even at any unexpected personal cost. We read in Ecclesiastes about making promises;
“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” (Ecclesiastes 5:3-5). And this passage doesn’t just apply to money, but the reference is to making any vow or promise, monetary or otherwise. When we promise to do something and then do not do that in which we vowed, we compromise our integrity as well as our character, and God is not pleased with such …. Life becomes the sum total of the commitments you’ve made, and kept!
Treating our own promises seriously highlights the powerful and precious nature of God’s promises. He’s the only Promiser fully capable of carrying out everything He commits to do. He knew full well what it would cost to keep His promises to us; and He made them anyway.
Remember once more: “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
In closing, something to ponder this weekend might be; what do you know about the cost of keeping promises? Have you made promises to someone that you failed to follow through with? Integrity is a valuable asset to have in our character, and one key element to building trust with others in any relationship. Have you made a vow to God that has yet been left unfulfilled?
“Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.”
Let us pray ~
Lord God; if all You had given was Your Son as a perfect payment for a debt that I could never pay, I could spend eternity expressing my thanks and praising You ~ but You have done and continue to do so much more. Your promises and Your faithfulness are new every morning, and continue to amaze me. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me more every day and proving Yourself true with each Promise in Your Word, and being the One in Whom I can completely place my trust. I claim the promises today in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
God is with us …..