Have you ever made a promise? What was it? Did you keep it?
After the flood it wasn’t long before people were back to being wicked again. Do you remember the Tower of Babel story? People wanted to be their own boss instead of simply loving and trusting God. But God was not going to destroy all the wicked people again like he did in the flood. Instead He made a plan to save everyone through one family – Abraham’s family.
But there was a big problem. God had promised him and his wife Sarah that they would have a son, and that one day they would have a large family. But years and years had gone by and still no baby boy. What was God doing? Did God forget about them? Is God breaking his promise to them? These are all the questions that Abraham asked God one day. “How can I know that you will keep your promise to me?” he asked. He is God’s answer:
Genesis 15:18. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram.
A covenant? What’s that? A covenant is two people making promises to each other and agreeing to be friends. In the Bible God makes covenants with people. These covenants are very important because they show that God loves us and that he can be trusted. And when God makes covenants and keeps them, it shows how good and faithful he is too. You see, God has never broken a promise (have you?). In fact, when God made his covenant with Abraham only God made promises. Abraham didn’t say anything. He didn’t make any promises to God. What does this mean? It means that God was promising to do it all. God would love and protect Abraham even if Abraham didn’t always love and obey God.
In Jesus, God has made promises to you and to me. And just like with Abraham, God wants us to trust in his promises. God wants us to believe that he will do everything he says he will do through Jesus. And he always will. How can we be sure? Just look at the cross.
Because of Jesus and his cross I know God will always keep his promise to me.
With Jesus I never have to doubt that God is my friend.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Sing the song “Standing On the Promises” together.
Jesus, you are the proof of all God’s promises to me. Help me to have faith that God loves me and will save me. Amen.