TODAY THE WORD is OVERPROMISING. When I have watched politicians lately, I have seen a lot of overpromising and under delivery. We live in a society that is different from what a lot of us lived as children. I remember the days when “you could take it to the bank” upon someone’s word. A man’s word was all you needed to make a deal, form a partnership, buy property, etc and a handshake was like putting your hand on the bible. There was only promises and not over promises (unless you ran into a rare con artist). A neighbor was the same as family and we shared hard times, sickness, food and even clothes. We might not have had the luxuries that some people have today but we were taught the value of honesty and integrity. I am sure that there were some exceptions, but honest people certainly outnumbered the crooks and we knew who the crooks were. Their reputation preceded them so they were easy to spot. In today’s world, it is a lot harder to spot a crook or con person as we hear so many people speaking falsely and nothing is said or done to them. They smile and promise the moon, while at the same time, fully knowing they don’t intend to keep the promises they make. Leaders in this country, leaders in our communities, fathers, mothers, children, workers, and neighbors are joining in this “politically correct deception”. Now for the deeper thought….God is aware of the overpromises anyone makes; He is never fooled by the attempts to try to fool him either. Here are my thoughts on this subject: Why overpromise and under deliver to an all knowing God? He knows us so well and wants to encourage us to do the right thing and it gives us such a loving feeling to be honest with Him, ourselves, and others. Today, whatever we say, let us give honest answers, promises we can keep, and let people feel “they can take our word to the bank”.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
2 Peter 1:4
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
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