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Promises, Promises

In this contentious election year, politicians have made lofty promises. Regardless of what they promise — lower gas prices, more jobs, less taxes — it’s likely these pledges will fall short.

Two thousand years ago, another man made a vow he couldn’t keep. Before He was crucified, Jesus told his disciples they would all abandon Him. Peter, in his zeal, said he would never forsake Jesus. Turns out, that wasn’t quite the case.

When Peter betrayed Jesus, Jesus was on His way to fulfilling God’s ultimate promise: to redeem humanity. Centuries earlier, prophets told about Jesus’s coming and how His death would pay for our sin. Isaiah 53 is a clear foretelling of Christ’s coming, and God kept his word.

In the end, man will always disappoint us. But Numbers 23:19 reminds us, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”

Thank you, Lord, that like David we can “hope in your name, for your name is good” (Psalm 52:9).

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