How many times have you heard the phrase, “I’ll never let you down?” I’ve heard these words countless times in movies, in love songs, and even in my own personal relationships. I’ve also been the one to speak these words to others with every intention of living up to the promise of not letting them down. Unfortunately it’s a very unpleasant fact of life as people we all fail when making this promise and soon find it is all but impossible to keep. We have all felt let down by other people at some point in our lives, be it a friend, family member, spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, whoever we can always count on disappointing or being disappointed. Most people don’t mean to let you down, however, there are those select few people who intentionally set out with a mission to let others down. Nevertheless, it is inevitable if we live long enough we will eventually be let down or let someone else down we all have to deal with disappointment.
Psychologist will tell you it’s your own fault that you find yourself disappointed by others, let down due to your own expectations of someone else. I’m sorry when someone voluntarily tells you they will or will not do something, I don’t think it unreasonable to expect them at the very least to do what they have stated.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could be in a relationship with someone who would truly never let you down? What if you could take everything this person said as a promise that will always be fulfilled? What if this relationship had a guarantee that it would never end, they would never abuse or neglect you, they would continually amaze you with their love for you, and they would sacrificially do everything to help you become a better person? Sounds great, doesn’t it? This is exactly the kind of relationship we have with God through Jesus.
God is one who doesn’t take His word or promises lightly. When He makes one, you can believe that He will follow through every time. People will eventually let us down, but when our true fulfillment is found in God we won’t be devastated when they do. We will extend to them the grace and mercy that God has freely given us. We will see clearly that God has loved us before we ever tried to prove our love for him, and by His grace alone we find we are able to enter into a secure, loving relationship.
The bond we have with Jesus can never be broken, because it is built upon the very grace he has shown to the world through the cross and the resurrection. This new covenant with God is our guarantee that Jesus will never let us down. Because of this relationship we can trust in the Lord with all our heart (Proverbs 3:5a) and be immersed in the grace and mercy of God. Because of the covenant Jesus has established with us through God’s mercy and by his grace, we can become better spouses in our marriages, better friends, family members, and better neighbors in our community.
One part of the gospel that constantly encourages me, perhaps it will you too, is knowing the awesome fact that God will never let us down His word is bond. Our Father is very serious about His word, not only does He keep His word but along with His PROMISES there are also PROVISIONS in His Word. The Psalmist says in Psalm 119:105 His “word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”. We also find POWER in the word of God as the writer of Hebrews says in chapter 4 verse 12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful…” We know from the beginning His word provided us the PRIVILEGE of being created in His image because 26 verses into the first chapter of Genesis God says “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; now that’s what I call a privilege.
As the Psalmist says in the 11th verse of the 119th Psalm “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” His word is not something He takes lightly not at all nor should we. Just as the Psalmist we must hide his work in our hearts, so that we may fondly recall them and boldly place His words into action in our lives. God does not make promises to break them He keeps them. To God, promises hold truth and value. His words are true and will always be fulfilled for those who keep the faith and heed His voice. His word is reason enough to always be encouraged knowing God will never fail you.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
This too is yet another promise He will always keep.