Promise is the first “P” of three that Pastor Jeff shared with Ed & Nancy Blonski at the renewal of their wedding vows recently.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
I’ve made promises throughout my life.
For example, I promised my mom I’d be safe when I drove my car.
Yet, I’ve been in two accidents (neither were my fault). I made the promise, but I couldn’t keep my promise.
I made a promise to my son that I would be at his baseball games. But there were several times that I couldn’t keep that promise because I wasn’t a good steward of my time at work.
On August 30, 1991 I made a promise to Nancy that I would live with her “in the holy estate of matrimony as God ordained it.” That I would “nourish and cherish her as Christ loved His body, the Church, giving Himself up for her.” I promised that I would “love, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health and, forsaking all others, remain united to her alone,” as long as we both shall live.
I made that promise with every intent of keeping it. And, by the power and grace of God, I’ve been able to keep that promise as much as any man can.
Our dear friend Jeff reminded both of us of this as we renewed are wedding vows for our 27th Wedding Anniversary. He took the Bible readings from our first wedding back in 1991 and came up with three “P’s.”
The first “P” was “Promise.”
Of course, he referred to our promise to each other. But more importantly, he pointed out that God makes a promise to us. His take on Isaiah 12:3 focused on the future tense of the statement of God that “with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
The promise of God is that Jesus will come and save us from all our sins and from death itself. Isaiah’s original audience had that promise of future salvation (being 700 years before the birth of Christ).
Jeff pointed out to us that God’s promise of a Savior, even though it is 2000 years in our past, is still just as valid and powerful.
And it is the promise that makes our marriage what it is. A life of a husband and wife living under God’s promise with Jesus Christ at the center of our marriage.
Together Under God’s Promise
On September 2, 2018, Nancy and I made the same promise to each other that we made on August 30, 1991. We reaffirmed our marriage vows to God and to each other.
We know very well that we can only do this – and keep them – by the power of God. This is something that we strive to do each and every day.
We pray together every day, we read God’s word together every day. Then we have a devotion with each other every day.
We want our sons to see a Christian marriage modeled for them so that when the day comes, they will also have a solid, Christian marriage.
Why do we want this? Because we love God. And we love each other. Third, we love our sons and want the best life in this world for them!
That’s the first “P” that Jeff shared with us. Promise. Over the next two devotions I’ll explore the other “P’s” that Jeff gave us: Predicament and Paraclete.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your promise of salvation in Jesus Christ. I also thank you for the power to keep the promises I make and the forgiveness you give me when I fail to keep them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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