“The day will come, says the LORD,
when I will do for Israel and Judah
all the good things I have promised them.
“In those days and at that time I will raise up
a righteous descendant from King David’s line.
He will do what is just and right throughout the land.
In that day Judah will be saved,
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
And this will be its name: ‘The LORD Is Our Righteousness.’
Jeremiah 33:14-16 NLT
The words of the prophets are full of God’s promises. A promise is a declaration that one will do something. I remember a line from an Andrew Peterson song that says, “a promise spoken is a promise broken.” I love that line because of its bold honesty. People are not very good at keeping our promises. Whether they are promises made to God or to other people, we have a way of breaking our promises.
But God is different. God’s promises are never broken. He promises to be with us, and sends his Son out of Heaven, down to earth to be one of us, and then to die for us. So that when we put our trust in him, we are assured of eternal life with God. That’s how far God takes his promise. That’s how seriously God takes it.
For God, a promise spoken is never broken. For God, a promise spoken is a promise fulfilled. Maybe not today or tomorrow – but in God’s time. Maybe not how we expected it – but in a way that will be better than our expectations or hopes. God’s promises don’t just succeed, they exceed.
And so many of God’s promises are fulfilled in the baby whose birth we eagerly await during Advent.
During this season, may you know the God whose promise never fails, the hope that is fulfilled in the Christ child and the joy that is available to us through Him.