DAY 56: Wednesday 13 May
Good morning everyone
Are you one of those people who, like me, thoroughly researches any major purchase before making ‘the big decision’. Karen lovingly mocks my intuitive tendency to input all the ‘data’ on a spreadsheet and compare the important features before choosing which model of car or TV or insurance policy. Manufacturers and service providers make claims and promises about their products, but the reality of life in our consumer society has persuaded us, sometimes through bad experience, to be sceptical. We quote phrases like “you don’t get anything for nothing”, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” and “if the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is”!
In these unprecedented times, everyone wants to know the truth, in fact we NEED to know the truth. We have depended on what our political leaders have told us to do and not to do. Most of that is led by ‘the Science’ as has been quoted so many times. The present situation though is probably not so much that we want to hear promises, but more the truth. And of course in the situation that no-one on earth has experienced before, it would be foolish and reckless for any scientist, Government official or politician to make false promises and we would be right to treat any such promise with caution.
All we need to know is the truth about what is actually known. We’ve all become weary of promises broken and hopes and dreams later dashed on the rocks of reality. Over the coming weeks we are all going to have to continue to be patient as the whole country – leaders, scientists, doctors and the rest of us discover the next phase of beating coronavirus.
We are all born with the inbuilt need to know truth - but who can we trust to tell us the truth? A child expects truth from parents, but sadly, even the best of us have failed our children at times, perhaps not deliberately, but through misunderstanding or circumstance. Marriage is founded on trust between two people who declared promises in their wedding vows; trust that is strengthened when truth is shared and promises are kept.
Good people, parents, businessmen and even politicians, don’t deliberately set out to break their promises. Promises are often broken when circumstances beyond our immediate control intervene.
I like the rest of us have made promises that I failed to keep. I’m not necessarily talking of dramatic declarations of promise which we will always remember such as a promise made to a loved one as they took their last breath. I’m talking about the everyday promises that don’t even include the word ‘promise’. I’m asked if I will do something for someone and I easily respond ‘Yes, leave it with me.’ But then as I am rushing around doing other things, I inadvertently forget until someone has to remind me. Occasions when someone has shared a problem or concern and asks ‘will you remember that in your prayers?’. But then it slips from my mind and is gone. You don’t need me to tell you that my promises can fail because I fail and forget.
Only Almighty Creator God has absolute power and authority over everything, so His promises are certain and guaranteed.
Jesus Christ said about himself - John 14:6 - Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
That’s an awesome promise to make, and the reality is that millions of people over centuries have accepted this truth in their lives. Jesus didn’t come to start a new religion - in fact he was one of the greatest critics of organised religion.
Jesus came from heaven to earth to deliver the promise of hope and new life for each of us. And that’s a promise we can totally rely on!
And the Bible is full of God’s promises –
Exodus 14:14 - The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.
2 Chronicles 7:14 - if my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Psalm 100:5 - For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
2 Corinthians 1:20 - For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
And here’s the ideal Hymnalong for today – STANDING ON THE PROMISES
Sheila had further scans at Good Hope yesterday and as far as we know, is still at Good Hope awaiting possible transfer to the QE.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
My friend promised me he was going to the camouflage convention
But I never saw him there!
Daddy? Do all fairy tales always begin with ‘once upon a time’?
No, there are a whole series of fairy tales that begin with ‘If elected, I promise...’
A businessman on his deathbed called his friend and said, “Bill, I want you to promise me that after I die you will have my remains cremated."
“And what," his friend asked, “do you want me to do with your ashes?"
The businessman said, “Just put them in an envelope and mail them to the Inland Revenue and write on the envelope, “Now you have everything."