The Promise Keeper


Then the LORD said to Moses, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have now allowed you to see it with your own eyes, but you will not enter the land.”

~Deuteronomy 34:4, NLT


People with good intentions make promises; people with good character keep them.

~Source Unknown

We have to be careful about making promises. When our children were very young, I would make them a promise and then something would come up and I would not be able to fulfill the promise. I learned over time that surprises are safer than promises. My father was notorious at making promises he couldn’t keep. By the time I was a middle teenager, I didn’t take any of his promises seriously. All humans have problems when it comes to keeping promises. Sometimes we make promises we don’t have the ability to keep: we simply overload our wagon, we promise more than we can deliver. God has many advantages when it comes to keeping promises but the fact that He is eternal gives Him a distinct advantage. God made a promise to Abraham but did not fulfill the promise for 470 years. God made many promises to Abraham but the only one he saw in his life time was the birth of Issac. Abraham lived by faith in God’s promises but he never saw most of them come to fruition. You and I cannot not wait 470 years to keep a promise; we can’t wait 70. We are under a time constraint but God is not. What He says He will do, He will do but He never gets in a hurry. Why would the Eternal ONE be in a hurry?

This is day three of my diet. I have gone two full days with no sweets over than one piece of candy. Monday was easy but yesterday was hard. It is day two of my mourning {Alabama lose}. We were one stop, one turnover from being National Champions for two years in a row. This game is going to be like Joe David’s game at Wallace, I can’t get it out of my mind. So close but we let it slip away. PTL, today is an office day at DBC. I enjoy hard work but I come home exhausted. Today will be a different kind of work. The LORD is good. We drug our feet on retiring and didn’t get our paper work done in time to have income coming in this month but God has provided. My life style has changed: I pay cash for all my gas. Actually, I don’t use my credit card at all. It is a big adjustment but it is working so far.

One of my many chores is to get rid of unwanted papers and documents as I try to move my office from church to home. I was about to chunk my journals but then I got an idea: this is what happened on this date in 2000. Justin Tanner was put in a halo brace after sustaining a broken neck. John was there at the hospital with us. I’m talking about John Sr.

We have friends coming up from New Orleans today. Our only Church Mom, Wanda McClendon is coming as a part of her 90th birthday celebration. Her granddaughter Sherry is bringing her. Wanda is the last of the Mohicans.

My Blessing on You Today

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. {Romans 15:13, NIrV}

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