James A. Washington

God made a covenant with His people. He made us a promise. If you’ve lived as long as I have, you’ve had many people make promises to you that they have no intention of keeping or they failed miserably while trying to keep it. I know I’ve broken a promise or two in my day.

If anybody keeps His word, it’s got to be God. Therefore we should take to our graves the covenant promise God made to Abraham, to us. It’s the one Jesus came to fulfill. Jesus’ new covenant, as a matter of fact, replaces the old one.

It appears the foundation of spiritual belief is wrapped up in a simple promise.

To Noah: “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you green plants, I now give you everything.” Genesis 9:3.

To Abraham: “You will be the father of nations….I will make nations of you and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for generations to come, to be your God and the God of the descendants after you.” Genesis 17:2-8.

To Moses: “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant then out of all nations, you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…..” Exodus 19:5. 

From Jesus to the disciples: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood…for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:25-26.

This is God talking about His promise to us. Have you made any promises to Him lately? What about to yourself about Him? Or to someone who loves you or to someone whom you love? Have you kept them? Are you a covenant breaker or a covenant keeper?

A promise is downright godly. It has to be. The first one came from God to us through Adam and Eve. My obligation then is to emulate God almighty in a manner befitting His divine order. “So shall my word be that goes forth out of your mouth.” Isaiah 55:11.

God keeps His word. The more we understand this, the more scripture opens up and reveals the true nature of God. If I am made in His image, honesty should be the stuff of which my promises are made. Truth is the essence of life, and faith in God’s word and is unshakeable.

Hopefully, others can demonstrate their faith through their words. You can accomplish a lot with the right words at the right time.  It’s all about that truth thing. It does set you free. It has the added value that as long as you speak the truth you don’t have to remember it. A lie, on the other hand, well.

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