Whose Promises?

“God is faithful to God’s promises.”

I read this quote today in “The Inner Voice of Love” by Henri Nouwen. I’m not sure why, but I had to go back and read that sentence several times. It was as if I had never thought about it that way; and maybe I hadn’t.

I think so often that I depend on the people around me to be the fulfillment of God’s promises, to carry that load for God in a way. But that’s not the truth at all. God is faithful, I know that. He made the promises and he is going to follow through on them. To believe that someone else could do that for God is to set myself up for continuous disappointment and to hold other people accountable for a promise they never made is incredibly unfair.

I’m not sure how to end this because it’s something I am still processing, but I am incredibly grateful for a faithful God of promises.