From David our moderator

 

Promises, promises!

We have a new prime minister, and it remains to be seen whether he will fare any better than the last one. You will of course recall that prior to this election, he has made a whole series of promises as did all the other candidates.

 

Listening to that list was rather like listening to the song from Pickwick sung by Sir Harry Secombe,  in which he promised all sorts of improbable things if he was to rule the world. Including that “Every day would be the first day of Spring".

 

Of course it is easy to make promises, it is much harder to keep them, and the questions asked of the candidates were, “How would they overcome the obstacles that stopped the last prime minister” and “What will be the cost?”

 

You may also remember the chancellor saying at the time, that the candidates shouldn’t make promises they could not keep. The problem being  that even a prime minister hasn’t the absolute power or the infinite resources to keep his or her promises, as every other prime minister and human leader has found.

 

In our first church, the ladies meeting had an ancient Victorian “promise box". It was a small wooden box with little rolls of paper in it , on each roll was written one of the many promises from the bible. When any of the women had a birthday, they took one of the promises with a pair of tweezers and read it to the whole group. You can still buy modern versions of the promise box and there is even an online version.

 

The great thing about those promises is that unlike any political leader, God has the power and the resources  to keep every promise he makes. Among His many promises He says:

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills removed yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.

 

I will never leave you or forsake you

I am with you always

Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest

I am the resurrection and the life whoever believes in me shall live even though they die

And of course the most well know of all the promises.

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

 

Perhaps our new prime minister will manage to keep those promises made before his appointment, we just have to wait and see.  But whatever happens God will certainly keep every one of his promises to you and me.

 

Every blessing

Yours in Christ

David