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What Do Your Words Mean?

I cringe when parents tell their child, “Just a minute.” 
That one minute stretches into another. Soon 15 minutes have passed. 
Still the parent does not keep their word.

I’ve heard several Christian women share recently how divorce is pending if things don’t change.
They don’t want to break their word, but what can they do?

Reading through I and II Kings.
How quickly people forget their promises! 
“I promise to obey the Lord.” 
But within the chapter they have forgotten their promise.

If I depended on the promise-keeping ability of man, I would be without hope.
Couldn’t they remember?
Couldn’t they at least try?
Yet, I, too, am guilty.
Why is it  so hard to read the Bible every day?

But I realized, also reading through I and II Kings, the promises of God are kept every time. 
God promised to David a “forever reign.”

As I read through the changing hands of both Israel and Judah, I saw how every time Judah (David’s promised line) had a change in kings, it was a descendant of David. 
Just as God promised.

Follow the line of Israel. 
When God spoke through a prophet and told the king how he would die and what would happen to him, it came to pass.
EVERY TIME.
When God told a king, four generations of his would sit on the throne (II Kings 10:31),
It happened.
When God told the king, he would die in battle, then he would—even when he disguised himself (I Kings 22).
The enemy exclusively went after the king, but a random arrow pierced the king’s armor and he died.

Read chapter after chapter of Israel's upheaval. Because someone would kill the king to be king instead.
None of that happened in Judah.
Know why?
Because God promised David his son would reign forever.
Did David see?
No. He'd been long dead.
But still God kept His Word.
God's Word isn't dependent on man. 
(Aren't you thankful? Talk about hopelessness—especially with salvation and sanctification.)

Sometimes a queen usurped authority and tried to destroy David's lineage.
But always an heir was hidden until the right time.
Because God keeps His Word.

Notice how long these kings reigned?
Generation after generation is recorded.
Time didn’t change God’s Word.
Man’s actions didn’t change God’s promise.
No exceptions.
Just a promise.

What has God promised you?
He will do it, just as He said.
You can trust it.


How has God kept His promises for you?
 

You really got that right about mothers saying "Just a minute," and not keeping their word. How guilty I was of that. How grateful I am that God keeps His promises, like never leaving or forsaking me, for I would then be lost. Don't you sometimes wish you could raise your kids all over again with all you've learned over the years. I sure do. Wish is one reason I am harder on Katrina's kids than I was on mine, I can see some of my mistakes. Thank you, Sonya, for your words of wisdom.

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