The title of this blog makes a pretty big claim, “The Blog to End All Blogs.” Do I really believe this blog will be the cause for all other bloggers to stop blogging? Not really, but you clicked on the link to see what it said anyway, right?
There are many people who make claims about things that just don’t live up to the hype. I mean, just over two years ago there was a portion of the population who believed that December 2012 was going to be the end of the world. There was a man in Florida by the name of Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda who claimed to be Jesus; he died, but unlike the real Jesus, Jose did not rise again, leaving many of his followers disappointed and confused.
Does anyone remember Y2K? That was the event where all technology was supposed to crash or something like that? It’s too bad for anyone who invested in any those claims. Let’s not forget all of the products out there promising all sorts of things to us. “The last (fill-in-the-blank) you’ll ever buy!” There’s the Slap Chop, Snuggie, Bedazzler, Sham Wow, Ginsu Knives, Chia Pet, The Clapper, and one of my favorites – The Flowbee.
Has anyone bought any of these items and then thought a year or two later: “I’m so glad I spent money on that.”? There have been many people, I’m sure, who have spent $100 on a pillow hoping to get some pain relief only to wake up with the same crick in their neck the very next morning. Buying this stuff isn’t wrong. It’s the hope we put in them.
So many of our hopes rest on people and products to deliver feelings of certainty, importance, value, worth, love and safety only to be left feeling disappointed and unfulfilled. This is because a promise is only as valuable as the ability of the one who makes it to carry it through. So let’s look at some of the promises God has made to us …
- He has promised to supply every need we have. (Philippians 4:19)
- He has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9)
- He has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation. (I Corinthians 10:13)
- He has promised us victory over death. (I Corinthians 15:56-57)
- He has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully. (Romans 8:28)
- He has promised that those who believe in Jesus and are baptized for the forgiveness of sins will be saved. (Mark 16:16)
- He has promised His people eternal life. (John 10:27-28)
Let’s be encouraged and put our hope in the One who is not just a promise-maker, but the One who keeps His promises. Let’s this also be an appeal to us to live so that the promises of God will be ours.