To A Thousand Generations
When my children were young my wife and I would often make promises to them. One such example would be, if you are good night, by going to bed when asked, and picking up your toys, then I promise to take you to the park tomorrow. As parents we know that sometimes even though a promise has been made, it needs to be broken because the next day when we were going to go to the park, it was raining, or something else came up that we felt was more important at the time got in the way.
When my wife and I made promises and then didn’t follow through, our kids would shout out, “But you promised.” We quickly learned that it is best not to promise when there is a chance what is promised cannot happen as planned.
Should the promise made and promise withheld condition is present too often, the kids begin to feel they cannot trust you. If they learn they cannot trust you as an authority figure in their lives, then they grow up wondering, can I trust God?
Some of you are saying, “Wait, there is no correlation between an adult not carrying through on a promise and your children’s relationship with God.” Yet I have heard many teenager and even young adult say, “How can I trust God, when I cannot even trust my own parents?”
Psalms 105:8 says that: “He (God) remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations.” Which means God never forgets or lets anything get in the way of His keeping His promises!
What is this covenant or promise that God made? The covenant or promise he made is this: “I love you so much, that even though mankind sinned, you chose to set your allegiance with Satan and his evil host, I will come and restore you unto myself for as it says in Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
He finishes that statement by telling us: “By lovingkindness I have drawn you to myself.” We see the fulfilment of this in the life of Christ in which he drew all mankind unto himself, yet many rejected and despised Him. He loved us so much that he draws us to the Father by showing us how to live a life that draws us closer and closer to God and God to us.
He promised Adam and Eve, He promised Noah, He promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and he promises us today that he has fulfilled his part of the promise, for all he ever wanted is to dwell with us. Because of the cross, he sends his holy spirit, not to dwell in houses of wood, and stone or brick but in the hearts of all those that choose to faithfully follow Him, on the Path to the Throne of God.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” II Peter 3:9.