There comes a time in the lives of young men when they determine to test the alpha status of their father. By the age of 16, most boys have, at least on one occasion, made an attempt, either physical or otherwise, to assert dominance in their household. Although there may be instances where the adolescent is successful, in my case, I was not. I challenged my father in feats of strength, both mental and physical, and lost in both accounts. Each time I would make my challenge to become alpha, my father would remind me, saying, “Don’t write checks your butt can’t cash.” This was a friendly, yet ominous reminder that I must be honest concerning my own abilities.
As a grown man, I have come to live by this phrase in many aspects of my life. One such area is promises. It feels great to make a promise to someone, but it feels terrible to be unable to follow through on my word. As I consider my own shortcomings, I am reminded of God and His great ability to make promises and keep them. Paul discusses this truth in relation to promises of salvation in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”
This is an amazingly important concept for Christians to understand. God is a promise maker, and all the promises He makes find the truth and fulfillment in His person. Wow! That gets me so excited. When I make promises, they are often contingent on my ability to get resources or help from elsewhere, but with God, the promises are all fulfilled in His person.
God has promised us so much more than we could ever deserve. We have the promise of salvation, eternal life, and an inheritance that will never fade. These promises are trustworthy because God is trustworthy. In a world where promises are regularly broken, we can all find solace in the knowledge that God’s promises are incapable of coming back void as they are directly fulfilled by His person.