Promises

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:1-3)

Not long after Michele and I married, she had volunteered to keep the nursery on Wednesday nights at the church where we were attending. One Wednesday when I returned home from work, Michele said, "Stephen, I can't keep the nursery tonight.  I'm responsible for the 2-year-olds.  Would you please go in my place?"

I love working in the nursery. I love teaching 2-year-olds. But I don’t mind telling you, I'm just terrible at it. When I got there, the director said, "You just stand here, and greet the children as they come in." And he gave me a lesson plan to go through.

As the 2-year-olds were coming in, Nathan's mother comes in with little Nathan. She's holding his hand and she says to me, "When I leave, Nathan is going to C-R-Y. When he starts to C-R-Y, just tell him, 'Mommy will be back in just a minute.' " 

Then she left and Nathan begin to C-R-Y L-O-U-D-L-Y.  He continued to C-R-Y. I tried to entertain him with toys and talk to him to get him to calm down, and nothing worked. Finally, I remembered what his mom told me. I said, "Nathan, your mommy will be back in just a minute."  And he stopped crying, and he started playing and doing other things. Every now and then he would start to C-R-Y again.  I'd say, "Nathan, your mom will be back in just a moment."  And then he stopped crying.  We continued this cycle until I began to wonder if she was indeed going to come back.  She did return. That little boy could be comforted when he was crying, because he knew his mother kept her promises.

Jesus Christ never breaks a promise. He promises to save everyone who comes to Him, and He promises that if we trust in Him, and if He has saved us, that we have a home in heaven with Him. Jesus says, "If it were not so, I would have told you."  If something different were going to happen, if there was some little fine print in the contract that you didn't know about, He said, "I would have told you." 

Be comforted today in knowing that Jesus promises to return and He always keeps his promises.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!