IF A MAN DOES NOT DISAPPOINT…
When my colleague during the National Youth Service Corps got to know towards the end of our stay in Akwa Ibom State that the Lord would have me focus on ministry full-time, he made a very profound statement that keeps ringing in my mind- “Pastor Temi, please do not call me when there are small needs in the ministry. Please notify me when there is a huge need. That is what I want to be a part of”.
Every time he sees a need to date (an amazing twelve years down the line), he is always eager to be a part of it.
First, are you always true to your words? Do you have the integrity of words? Some people simply go around saying things to make people feel good but when reality hits, their words vanish like vapour and they are nowhere to be found. Be careful when you make vows and commitments.
There is a description that the Bible gives for the man who will ascend the hill of the Lord:
They always do what they promise, no matter how much it may cost.
Psalm 15:4 GNT
It is better if you keep quiet especially when you know it will be difficult for you to keep your word. Many have made promises that they cannot keep:
Think before you speak, and don’t make any rash promises to God. He is in heaven and you are on earth, so don’t say any more than you have to. So when you make a promise to God, keep it as quickly as possible. He has no use for a fool. Do what you promise to do. Better not to promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it.
Ecclesiastes 5:2, 4-5 GNT
Do not make “political statements”. Be a man of your word. Let people know that you have the integrity of words. It is a good testimony.
Second, if a man can keep his word no matter how hard it is, how much more is the Lord God himself?
God honours His Word more than even his name. For the word of God will never fail.
(Luke 1:37 NLT). The Word of the Lord does not return to Him void:
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11 NKJV
Do not forget the powerful lines of this song:
You are Good, you are kind
You are more than these
I’m lost for words trying to describe you
Elohim, El-elyon, Aleselewi
Your Greatness is all I see
There is nothing you cannot do
There’s no mountain you cannot move
If you have said it
Then you will do it
Cause You have a Track record
Of keeping Words
And you’re not about
To stop doing it now…
God has a Track Record of Keeping His word. Go and verify!
temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa