Her husband is sitting in his recliner reading his newspaper, after supper, as he always does in the evening after a long day of work. His wife comes into the room and asks him if he would change the batteries in the smoke alarm, which is very high in the entryway, sometime before retiring for the night, because it occasionally is beeping. He says yes. She returns to her dishes in the kitchen. The time comes for going to sleep but the smoke alarm still occasionally beeps. He goes right to sleep as usual no matter what, but she lays awake listening to the smoke alarm. It may have just been a “yes” but in many respects it was a promise unkept. Broken promises have a way of adding up if we don’t keep our word no matter how large or small. Then we amazingly wonder, why people don’t respond to us as they once did.
I occasionally eat Chinese food. I like to read the fortune cookies too. I only wish some of them would actually come true. In reality, they are just random sayings and promises created and printed out by a manufacturer that doesn’t have a clue about your life. Discerning people often conclude that promises made by fortune cookies, spouses, family, friends, acquaintances, advertisements, warranties, scams, solicitations, etc. may just be too good to be true. Some people even approach God with that attitude unfortunately.
The husband’s small framed wife couldn’t drag the big ladder into the house and fix the beeping smoke alarm that needed a new battery. She needed him to do it and he promised that he would do so. What do you need from God?
All to often, we approach God with a list of things we want but aren’t the most important things we need. We could all use perhaps more money except the independently wealthy. Teenagers often want a different status socially and popularly. The young adults often desire more material things now rather than working and waiting for them like their parents did their whole life. We pray for better health as if this world is all that mattered. Some wives pray for husbands that would keep their promises. Our physical and social needs are not the most important things we need.
Our most important needs are spiritual rather than physical. Our spiritual needs include being lovingly accepted by God despite our sins. However, our sins need forgiveness through grace because we can’t earn it. We need our lives to be cleansed from all unrighteousness. We also need a group of people who can love and encourage us through the good and the bad circumstances that all lives must go through. A group of people who can help us mature in the faith. That group of people is called the church, created, built, and sustained by God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
Unlike people who don’t keep their promises, God always does keep them. He has given us revelations of some very serious pledges in the Word of God. As a beginning, “for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 (New International Version). Or, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin sand purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 (New International Version). Respond to Him and His church today. By the way, don’t forget to keep your promises to your spouse too.