This chapter could easily be titled “The Chapter of Promises.” We read of three promises made to different people regarding differing circumstances. Better yet, we read here of those promises being kept. Here they are:
- God promised Sarah she would be a mom and here she is cradling her newborn son.
- God promised Abraham he would take care of Hagar and Ishmael and here they are in the desert walking toward that “it-just-appeared” well.
- Abraham promised Abimelech that he would not treat him wrongly and here we read they lived in the same region for a “long time” and without incident.
The question I want us to keep asking as we go through Genesis is, “Does this apply to today?” If you’ve been with me this far, you know my answer: Yes!
Promises. What was the last promise you made? When was the last time you stated what your future action would be? Maybe it was when you would be home from work or what was for supper. Maybe it was when you said you would be ready to go or when you said you would be somewhere. Little promises all day long. Short phrases that say you will do something and the listener can count on it. Or can they? “Mark, those aren’t really promises, they are just . . . well . . . they just aren’t,” you might be saying. I agree that tonight’s menu not being what was stated and you not having your coat on when you said you would don’t classify as felonies. But, they are promises – broken promises.
If your word is worthless about your arrival time, what makes it priceless at, say, wedding time? If you don't bring home the promised surprise for your kids, why should they believe the promise, “I'll love you no matter what”? Do you see it now? The little stones in our lives are, when cemented together, the great buildings we are making. Are you having trouble keeping your word? Start small and the effects will be huge. I promise.