Think for a moment how much our world depends on assumptions and promises. Wear this perfume or get rid of the gray in your hair and the opposite sex will flock to you. Elect me and I will solve the problems of the world. Follow this diet and you will lose 12 pounds in 7 days. Attend my seminar and you will always prosper in the stock market. Follow my teachings and you will live a life of prosperity, joy and peace. So many false promises, so many assumptions about what will happen in life that fail because they are not based on reality. Our world revolves on assumptions and promises.
Go into any library or bookstore and you can find hundreds of “self-help” books. Promises and assumptions… This is how to live a productive, happy life. If we could truly do this by ourselves, why would we have any need of God? The only way I’ve helped myself for the long-term via a book is by reading, study and accepting God’s Word from a very Good Book.
The Canaanites believed in man-made gods, idols of wood and metal. Their gods failed them. Are we so different today? How many people place their hopes in lottery tickets? In products and services with promises that fail to materialize?
A huge part of our satisfaction and joy in life depends on how we choose the assumptions and the promises we rely on. When these assumptions and promises are fulfilled, things look great (at least for a time). When they don’t, we live in a dark mood. The world disappoints us. It’s like the child who hopes on the promise of a pony for Christmas, only to have whatever gifts received not measure up to the hope and promise when the pony fails to appear. We’ve all been there. So many promises and assumptions are simply too good to be true, yet we place our hopes and trust in them.
We need to do a reality check.
Advent is a season of promise, the promise of a Savior. When we look at things through the lens of reality, only God never made promises there were too good to be true.
| 14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.
15 “‘In those days and at that time
600 years before the birth of Jesus, Jeremiah relayed this promise from God. During Advent, we celebrated the fulfillment of that promise. “Unto you a Savior is born.” One of God’s promises fulfilled… God’s promise of salvation and eternal life.
So, make your assumptions wisely. Accept only those promises that pass the “sniff test” of reality.
Put your (promise) faith in God. His promises are never too good to be true.
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