"God Keeps His Promises"
August 29, 2012
Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass. Joshua 21:45
Somehow I never thought of Pizza Hut as being big in Pakistan.
Apparently they are, especially during Ramadan.
For years, Pizza Hut Pakistan has extended an "all-you-can-eat" offer to those folks who were doing Islam's prescribed daytime fasting. Incredibly, the all-you-can-eat offer was made at an incredibly cheap price.
That explains why, for the evening meal of Iftar, when Ramadan's day-fast was broken, Pizza Hut was packed by people ordering one thin or thick crust pizza after another.
It was a good deal for everybody... well, most everybody. The price was such that Pizza Hut was losing money. That's why, this year, no longer does "all-you-can-eat" mean "all-you-can-eat." Now the "all-you-can-eat" offer has been redefined as one large-sized pizza.
The pizza-loving people of Pakistan are not pleased.
One of them said it is a "pathetic and a misleading deal. It's only one regular pizza with bottomless Pepsi, not all you can eat."
Most of us can understand the disappointment.
When we trust a person, we expect that individual to keep his word and fulfill his promises. That goes for political candidates, doctors, preachers and family members -- especially family members. When dad says to the children, "We're going fishing tomorrow," that promise is carved in stone. It doesn't make any difference if a hurricane is blowing, Dad had promised a fishing trip, and no inconvenience like a hurricane should stop him from keeping his word.
Promises should be kept. Inexperienced children believe it -- as do you and I.
This takes me to some good news. God keeps His promises. As our text above says, "God kept all the good promises He had made to His people."
All of them. No exceptions. No exemption. When God says a thing is going to be done, you can take His promise to the bank.
If He tells Adam and Eve a Savior will be sent, it was as good as done. Yes, it took a few thousand years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a few more before He was crucified and rose, but God kept His promise.
If the Lord promises sinners the blood of Jesus can make their scarlet-stained souls as white as snow, it's already happened. When Jesus promises He will take forgiven, believing souls to be with Him in heaven, that day will certainly come. It will come because God keeps His promises.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, people may let us down; governments may break their word, but we can trust You. For promising Your Son and keeping that promise which has won my salvation, I give thanks. May I do all I can to show my gratitude for Jesus in whose Name we pray. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries