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"The Power of a Promise"

"And you shall not only show me the kindness of the Lord while I still live, that I may not die; but you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever, no, not when the Lord has cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth." So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "Let the Lord require it at the hand of David's enemies."

I Samuel 20:14-16

A covenant, a vow, and a promise to keep. David, the anointed next king of Israel and Jonathan, the natural heir to the throne of his father king Saul share a love that not many know today in a world that looks for ways out of agreements instead of how to fulfill them. I just read a quote this morning that I cant get out of my mind. It said, "Incompatibility is a choice, not an excuse."

In a society where "fast food" and convenience stores reign and the days of the full service super markets and gas stations are a thing of the past because of the price one would need to pay for service, it's difficult for us to comprehend this kind of commitment and this kind of love. For much of the world, "preferring others" is a thing of the past and no way to get ahead in life today. Just don't tell that to the owners of "Chick Fil A". 

Believe it or not there was a time you use to be able to pull into a service station (they don't call them that any more) and an attendant would come up to your car and ask you how he or she could serve you. They would fill up your car with gas, check your tires air pressure, and even "pop the hood" and check the oil and coolant levels, battery and windshield washers level. And the best part of all, it was free! It was part of the service you were offered as a customer. Oh how things have changed, as those were the good old days! We now live in a world that doesn't want help, at least if we have to pay for it as we opt to find it ourselves if we can save money, and oh yes, we want it now! Thank God for Google and Amazon, and next day air, amen! 

That's why feel good stories like 1 Samuel 20 are refreshing for us because they are more than just feel good, they are do good too. Jonathan loves David as his own soul and has no problem serving him and doing him good. God's kind of love is love in action.

Faithful to our vows is just one mark of a man or woman of God. Let our 'yes' be 'yes' and our 'no' be 'no'. The Word of God reminds us to not make a vow if we don't plan on keeping it. You might say, 'Mike, what if things change?" They will change and that's the importance of prayerfully thinking things through, seeking the Lord and walking in His strength and not our own. God will give us the super natural ability to fulfill our vows if we will seek him for it. Yes, friend, only one thing stays the same and that is God Himself so we need to prayerfully and carefully consider our vows. 

There is power in a promise and God desires our obedience more than sacrifice, and is why we can't make our vows conditional. Thank God that He doesn't enter into covenants with us that have to do with our eternity. We can only receive our salvation based on the faithfulness of Jesus Christ and not our own. Praise the Lord today for our salvation and for our future hope that He has secured for us. I don't know about you, but I thank the Lord that He has been faithful to me even when I have not been faithful to Him. Because God is faithful He will make us faithful too as we allow the Lord to lead and direct our lives as we abide in Him. 

The bottom line is this… If you make a vow…keep it! God will honor you for it and your credibility with others will increase as you do. The best part of keeping our vows is to be able to hear Jesus say to us one day…

"His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

Matthew 25:21


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