During my time at college, I took several art classes. One of these classes, 2D Design, was easy enough that several times we just ended up conversing with each other over our projects. Two of the guys, Daniel and Sam, apparently worked at competing sandwich stores. Daniel worked at Subway, and Sam worked as a delivery boy for Jimmy John’s. Daniel was a pretty laid back guy, but Sam showed he could get irritated if pushed too far.
One of the phrases Sam stubbornly used over and over to show the superiority of Jimmy Johns over Subway was “Guaranteed delivery in 5 minutes in a 5 minute radius.” Daniel and I couldn’t stop laughing at the last part. We hoped they would be able to make it in 5 minutes in a 5 minute radius.
What Jimmy Johns was doing was making sure they could fulfill their guarantee, so they didn’t promise more than they knew they could for sure deliver on.
an assurance for the fulfillment of a condition: as
a : an agreement by which one person undertakes to secure another in the possession or enjoyment of something
b : an assurance of the quality of or of the length of use to be expected from a product offered for sale often with a promise of reimbursement
God gives us several promises in His word. In Deuteronomy 31:8, God promises that He will never fail us. He will never leave us. We may try to leave His presence, but He is omnipresent. There is no place on earth (or in space!) that we cannot go to truly get away from Him.
8 The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” NASB
In 1st John, God promises to forgive us our sins. If we confess, He is faithful to forgive and cleanse us from our unrighteousness. We don’t need to worry about being rejected when we humble ourselves and confess what we did and ask for forgiveness, He will follow through to “forgive and forget”.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. NASB
Now for my favorite promise: John 3:16.
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” NASB
If we believe. If we only believe in God, recognize His all-powerful, omnipresent, righteous majesty, and admit that we are sinners, that we deserve the punishment that His Son took on for us, we will have eternal life in heaven, with Him. That’s the best promise of all. We know where we’re going after we die. We know who we will be with. We know for certain, because God gave us this promise.
And God keeps His promises.
a statement telling someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future
- a reason to expect that something will happen in the future.
What’s your favorite promise from God?