Promises, promises…

Written by Andy Pisciotti | February 16, 2011 | Deuteronomy 5 - 8

Did you know that God promises the new land to the Israelites 69 times in Deuteronomy? 
That’s a lot of promises.  In fact, it comes out to be a little over 2 per chapter.
What kinds of things do you promise?
“I promise to keep in touch.
“I promise to be home by 7:00.”
”I promise I won’t tell anyone.”
“I promise to keep this short.”

I don’t know about you…but out of just those four promises….I am a pretty horrible promise keeper.
I am seriously the worst at keeping in touch. (Sorry friends and family!) 
I am almost always home later than I expected.  (Sometimes a girl loses track of time while shopping for shoes!) 
I probably will tell someone.  (Just being honest.) 
But I do occasionally keep things short.  (Mostly because I hate talking on the phone.)

Thinking about the way I make promises, all willy-nilly like, makes me so grateful for the faithfulness of God!
Deuteronomy 7:7 -9 reminds us of this.  It says, “The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.  But it was because Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” 
But there is something else in there that is really cool!  Not only does Deuteronomy remind us that God is forever faithful but that he is merciful too. 
You see, God chose the Israelites out of pure grace.  He didn’t select them because they were so impressive (7:7).  He didn’t select the Israelites based on how good they were (9:5).  And he certainly didn’t choose them due to their faithfulness (9:24).  But instead, God chose the Israelites because he loved them and because he had made an absolute promise to their ancestors.
Pretty amazing.

What’s even more amazing is that God is faithful and merciful to me in the same way.  He didn’t choose me because of my impressiveness.  He didn’t choose me based on how good I am.  And he didn’t choose me because of my faithfulness.  Rather, he chose me because he loves me.  In fact, 1 John 4:9-10 says, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

One thing I can promise…my God is forever faithful and overwhelmingly merciful.