Promises, Promises, Promises
“And when elected, I promise…” It’s that time of the year again. Promises, promises, all I ever hear are promises. So, what’s wrong with making promises? Nothing, when they are kept.
Earlier in 2 Samuel, God had chosen a person after God’s own heart to rule over Israel. Today we catch a glimpse of that greatness. From the first printed verse David extols the greatness and oneness of God. He thanks God for all that God has done for Israel and for his house. Then in the 25th verse of 2 Samuel 7, he asks God to “do as you have promised.”
Some of us grew up being taught that God never reneged on a promise. We were taught that persons are only as good as their word; that a promise is a promise to be kept. We are to do as we have promised.
My goodness, what have I promised? Let’s see: regular church attendance, faithfulness, to support the church with my talent, money and time. Then there were those times when I said: “Lord, if you will get me out of this mess, I promise….” And those times when in order to seal the deal I said, “I promise….”
I wonder what Jesus meant when he said, “First, remove the log from your own eye before trying to remove the speck from your neighbor’s.” It’s hard to fault others for not keeping their promises when I haven’t kept my own.
—Rev. Don Alexander
- Are some promises you have made more important than others?
- Are promises made to God, and the church, harder to keep than those made in society?
- Do you think David was acting arrogantly when he said to God, “Do as you have promised?” Why or why not?
- Of all the promises you have made, which one is the most important? Can you recall one that has slipped you mind?
How Do I Act?
- Upcoming Elections. Go Vote!
- Read aloud the questions in the Confession of Faith that are asked of those joining the church (pages 104-105). Reflect on ways you can be reminded of these promises. You may want to post these on the wall in your house as a reminder.
- Also read the questions in “Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism,” (pages 99-100 of the Confession). Plan ways to help children and adults alike remember their baptism. You may want to videotape the events or have a renewal of baptism service once a year.
- Get the prayer group active and get the spirit of thanksgiving going in your church. Note in 2 Samuel 7 how David was thankful but concerned about an adequate house for the Lord.