July 15, 2021
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It's pretty amusing to look back at your wedding pictures. At least it is for me. I can't believe my wife married that kid in the tuxedo, but I'm sure glad she did! That hour in that church began what has been a lot of years of wonderful love and partnership. I remember standing up at the front of that church feeling like a penguin in my tuxedo. The bridesmaids marched down the aisle and they looked so beautiful, but I didn't want to spend my life with any of them. Nope! The organ trumpeted the beginning of the bridal march and there stood my queen! A few minutes later, at the altar, that wonderful woman made some very special promises to me about her love, her commitment, her loyalty, and the permanence of our relationship. And I did the same to her. I had no idea what the future would hold, but I made a life-changing choice that day. I decided to base everything on a promise.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Everything On a Promise."
Many years that I never could have imagined - the valleys and the mountaintops following that wedding. But I have never regretted basing everything on my wife's promise to me that day. Now there is such a promise in God's Book and you have to decide whether or not you will live your life believing that He will keep this promise. Your decision about this promise will literally affect hundreds of decisions you're going to make for the rest of your life.
It's our word for today from the Word of God in 1 Samuel 2:30, "Those who honor Me, I will honor." In other words, you will never ultimately lose if you choose to do it "God's" way. It could be that right now you're facing choices that aren't easy. There seems to be a lot to gain, just, if you would compromise a little. Just step outside the way your lord has taught you to handle it. Maybe it's a relationship you really want, that you really need or you feel you could benefit from, but it's with someone who doesn't care about Jesus. It's what the Bible calls an unequal yoking. Maybe the temptation is a compromise in your integrity that might help you get the job, or keep the job, or advance in the job, or a situation where it seems justifiable to sue a brother, which the Bible forbids. Could it be that you're facing a choice that looks profitable but it would hurt your family, or maybe a very enticing sexual situation, or maybe it's a chance to get even!
Whatever the tempting choice, it seems to offer something very appealing: money, love, recognition, personal satisfaction, advancement - but it will not honor God. You know it's "out of bounds" for someone, like you, who's been bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, someone who belongs to Him. So it all comes down to the promise doesn't it? "If you honor God, He will honor you" in ways you could never dream. Maybe not immediately, but it will be worth the wait.
No one who has ever "risked it all" in honoring God, has ever been a loser for it, so settle this thing right now. Will you today, will you every day, base everything on a promise made by your all-loving, all-powerful God? On my wedding day, I chose to build my life on a promise and it has led to so much treasure! The promise that matters ultimately rests on the character of a God who has never broken a promise (no matter how many people may have broken their promises to you) and His promise is literally worth basing everything on! Read it again, "They that honor Me, I will honor."