What’s it mean when keep your word to somebody? I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it’s true: Your word is your bond. The person you give your word to is counting on you to keep it. But have you ever noticed how everything, every little thing, always seems to get in the way when we try to keep our word?
Let’s talk a little bit about Abraham today. What he and his relatives went through is a perfect example of this.
Now God gave His word to Abraham to give him and his descendants the land of Canaan (Gen. 12:1-7). Know that “everything seems to get in the way” line I just said? Satan was that “everything” here and he and his demons (evil angels) tried to stop God from keeping His word. They made Abraham and his descendants doubt that God would protect them and provide for them. This lack of faith got Abraham and his descendants into a lot of trouble. Satan and his demons got entire nations, and even Abraham’s own relatives, to fight against Abraham’s descendants! But despite everything Satan put in His way, he couldn’t stop God from keeping His word. Millions of Israelites finally understood how serious God takes keeping His word when they crossed the Jordan into Canaan.
So why is this important for you to know now?
Because God gave His word to Adam and Eve (and therefore, to us) a long time ago. Before they were cast out of the garden, God said:
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Gen. 3:15)
You might not understand that yet, but it says quite a bit. Not only did He say that He would protect us from evil, He said that He would deal with Satan and the mess that he made on the Earth! Remember how I said that we’re living in one giant “red button moment”? We’re living in that moment because it’s Satan’s way of trying to keep God from keeping His word. But God always keeps His word, and we’re going to learn a little more about how God kept it in the next lesson.
Thoughts and Questions
- Here’s a thought: God’s Word is His word. When you read the Bible, look at times when God gave His word to people. One thing you’ll see is that when God gave His word to people, He kept it.
- Do you take keeping your word to people seriously? Why or why not?