I recently came across this story: A young man from a wealthy family was about to graduate from high school. It was the custom in that affluent neighborhood for the parents to give the graduate an automobile. "Bill" and his father had spent months looking at cars, and the week before graduation, they found the perfect car. Bill's father told him that he would come through with a promise to purchase the car for him upon his graduation. On the eve of his graduation, his father handed him a gift-wrapped Bible. Bill was so angry that he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. He and his father never saw each other again.
It was only the news of his father’s death years later that brought Bill home again. As he sat one night going through his father’s possessions that he was to inherit, he came across the Bible his father had given him. He brushed away the dust and opened it to find a cashier’s check, dated the day of his graduation, in the exact amount of the car they had chosen together.
As I thought about this story, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people in this world have done the same thing with God. Literally tossed aside a wonderful promise(s), because they didn’t understand it, look into it enough, or believe that it was possible. God reveals His promises to all of us in the Bible: "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope," (Jeremiah 29:11).
In our world, we are taught that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". So many of us have been taken in by “empty promises,” that we are leery of anything or anyone that tells us we can have something for nothing. The world simply doesn’t work that way! But, you know what – God does. God never made a promise that was too good to be true. It is His gift to those who trust in Him: “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid," (John 14:27).
The truth of the matter is, the world is full of empty promises. We watch TV and the advertisements tell us that we can be happy, sexy, rich, or famous, if only we purchase a certain product. It doesn’t take long before we discover that the world’s promises are full of emptiness. But, God is different. Instead of promises full of emptiness, he gave us emptiness that is full of promise. For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!", and through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") …(2 Corinthians 1:20a).
Jesus said: ”I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ). What tremendous promises - promises that all can embrace with confidence.