It seems like every time I sit down to watch television, or even while driving in my car and listening to the radio, I will hear at least one commercial that tells me that I can save $300 to $400 if I switch my car insurance to a different company.
My dad once told me that he planned to switch insurance companies every six months for the next three years. He anticipated that by the time he saved $300 per switch, the insurance company would be paying him about $600 to carry his insurance.
We know that not every promise made in a commercial is true. And we especially realize that in the midst of a political campaign. We want to believe what our leaders tell us, but we also know that many political slogans and campaigns are forgotten as soon as the election is over. We have gotten used to the simple truth that promises made are often promises forgotten.
But there is at least one source of promises that is never mistaken or ignored. In the Bible, God has made many promises to his people. He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” (Joshua 1:5). While that promise in its context was specifically for Joshua and the children of Israel, it was repeated for all of us in the New Testament — Hebrews 13:5, to be exact. What a thrill to realize that the God of the universe will never leave us alone. He will always be there for us.
But that is not his only promise to us. Paul wrote in his letter to the Roman church, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Notice that he does not say that everyone who calls on the Lord might be saved or could be saved. He says that they will be saved. What a marvelous thought: God will save any who genuinely call to him in the name of Jesus the Lord.
And then Jesus said, “I am going to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am there you may be also.” In other words, there is more to life than what we see and experience. God has not forgotten about us. He is preparing an eternal home so that we can be with him forever.
I don’t believe everything that everyone tells me. I take promises from some people “with a grain of salt,” so to speak. But I trust the promises of God. He has never let me down. He will never let me down. You can trust his word, too. He is always good to his word.