How I can have faith in God’s promises when people break their promises all the time?
So many people tell us to believe them. We go to a store, and the salesman tells us his product is the greatest, the cheapest, and has the longest warranty. We buy it and take it home, and within days we realize it’s another case of misplaced trust. Politicians constantly make promises that they can’t possibly keep. People even make promises from the pulpit, claiming that they can grow the church or solve the budget problems or change the community. But pastors and church leaders can disappoint us when they make promises beyond the reliable truth found in the Word of God.
Only Jesus can say, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). As the book of Numbers tells us, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Num. 23:19). Unlike salesmen, politicians, preachers—and all people— everything that God says is good and true and can be trusted. He never makes a promise that He cannot or will not keep.