When God’s faithfulness becomes my example
You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:17-20
At one point in time in our lives, we felt cheated because someone gave us a promise and yet did not fulfill. For some that have been through this kind of experience made a resolve not to trust the words of others. From the text, the apostle Paul was giving words of assurance that God who has been faithful in the past will continue to be faithful for eternity. Christ will not waver between “yes” and “no.” There is no semblance of duplicity in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of this we can always count on His word and message to us. The promises He made throughout the history of the Bible can be relied upon “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” In other occasions, Paul reminded Christians how God fulfilled all His promises in the Old Testament (see Romans 1:2; Ephesians 2:12). The wisdom of God found in His promises is greater than man’s wisdom. Paul was also addressing from the text the accusation that he was just like anybody else who will make a promise but will not keep it. This accusation could also be said to be true in our times among Christians. We have a tendency to not be faithful to our commitment. This is despite the fact that we have a great example from our Lord Jesus Christ. As Paul was alluding from the text, it is when we say “yes” that we should be held accountable to our commitment. Though we cannot be always consistent to our commitment and there will be times that we will fail, but one thing is different from us from the life we used to have is that we now have Someone we can always look up to and can provide us grace that we need so we can be true to our commitment. So, when you say “Amen” to a promise that God gave in His word as if you are saying to Him, “I agree and I believe” then obey what God said or fulfill the demand of commitment His promise is asking. In this way, you will find yourself growing in your commitment to Him and that His promise or promises become real to your life. As you meditate upon the promises of God, pray that His Spirit will give you understanding so you could apply the truth of His word in your life.