The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Approximately 30 years ago, when our son, Andrew was just a toddler, I was stunned to find out that his amazing Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Carolyn Turner, had left church just as it was time for her to teach his class, returning about 15 to 20 minutes later, to complete the lesson. It was after church that day that I learned about this strange occurrence, so I asked her about it. Apparently, she had promised to bring something that morning to Andrew for class and had forgotten. Andrew asked her about the item. She said something to the affect, “I had promised him I’d bring it for him. So, I immediately went home, picked it up and brought it back.” I told her that he would have understood if she had brought it later. Her response was, “No! It was important to me that I kept my promise to him.”
We live in a world where it seems that promises are meant to be broken! People often make promises to make themselves seem lovable, but, often don’t really mean to keep them or drop them when it is inconvenient for them to be kept.
Integrity is often the victim of inconvenient unkept promises.
Mrs. Carolyn’s integrity was too important to her for a simple forgotten promise to a little boy to impede her from keeping it. When we keep promises we act a lot like God. Why, because He ALWAYS keeps His promises.
The most important promise God ever made was that of sending the Messiah, the Savior of the world in human flesh to rescue everyone from the depression, destruction and devastation caused by the sin of mankind. From the day God kicked Adam and Eve out of Eden God began to promise a deliverer to rescue mankind from sin and death. Hundreds of prophecies appear in the pages of Old Testament Scripture for over 4,000 years of writing, which have found their complete and accurate fulfillment throughout the life, actions and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
The arrival of God in flesh at the city of David, Bethlehem of Judea, was amazing proof of the reliability of God’s promise. He always comes through. Scripture if filled with promises to be claimed by God’s people. The Advent and Christmas seasons remind us of God’s perfect integrity! He is faithful! Have you placed your trust in Him?
This Sunday, I will bring the first Advent message at our morning service titled, The Promised One based on Isaiah 9:6-7. Our messages coincide with the daily devotionals for Advent that we have distributed to our church family. Josh and are working on exciting messages to encourage, challenge and excite you about Jesus. We are also planning a special activity for each Sunday to go with our Advent celebration and sermons that will give you an opportunity to make a special expression of your relationship to Jesus and His season.
Claiming God’s Promises,