Promises, Promises

Saturday, September 22, 2007
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2 Corinthians 1:20 – 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. (NIV)

My grandmother, Rachel Stuart, whom we all called "Grandma", was a great wee person. She looked like Dorothy's mother, Sophia, from the television show "The Golden Girls". She raised a large family of seven and had umpteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My grandparents were married when they were sixteen and seventeen years old, and they enjoyed almost seventy years of marriage together.

Grandma Stuart had a number of sayings, but one of her best was, "He's a great promiser, but a bad fulfiller." She usually applied that to national politicians, but she also wanted her grandchildren to learn this important lesson: sometimes what people say they will do is vastly different from what they end up doing.

When Paul writes to the Corinthians about the promises of God, he writes from a background of belonging to a people who longed for God to fulfill His promises. They had waited hundreds of years for a Messiah to come into the world to save Israel, but time after time, they were disappointed. For some, it must have seemed as though God was a great promiser, but a bad fulfiller.

Paul firmly believed that Jesus was the Messiah and that God fulfilled all of His promises through Him. The Christ that the people had been looking for, was the person they crucified. The Messiah that they had all been hoping for, was the resurrected Son of God, Jesus Christ.

After two thousand years, we still wonder if God will fulfill His promises and when Christ will return. The world needs Christ the Peacemaker, Judge, and Saviour to come back into history and put an end to all wickedness, war, and waste. Faith is required for those who wait expectantly for Christ to return — a faith that believes God is not just a great promiser, but a true fulfiller of all that He has said. As Paul so effectively wrote it, "no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ."

Prayer: Father God, time to You is a mere twinkling of the eye, but to us who wait on earth, it can seem like ages. We know that You have Your own plans about when Christ will return to earth. Grant us patience, and enable us to live each day as if it will be the moment of the final fulfillment of Your great and everlasting promises. In Christ's name, we expectantly pray. Amen.

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