Empty Promises

Empty Promises

Thursday, 7 May 2015  | Narelle - MECS Principal
I recently read a story about a wealthy family whose son was about to graduate from high school. It was the custom in their affluent neighbourhood for parents to give their graduating student a car. For months before the graduation, the son and father had looked at many different cars and a week before the graduation they found the perfect one.

On the eve of his graduation, the father handed his son a gift-wrapped Bible. The son was so angry that he threw the Bible on the ground and stormed out of the house. What about the promised car? The son and his father never saw each other again.

A few years later, the father’s death brought the son home. As he sat going through the possessions that he was to inherit from his father, he came across the same Bible. He brushed away the dust and opened it, to find a cheque – dated the date of his graduation – for the exact amount of the car they had chosen together.

Some of us may have been taken in by empty promises! We see ads on TV that promise us we can be rich, attractive or famous as long as we buy whatever it is they are selling. We may have been let down by friends or family that promised something, but didn’t deliver. We may have been promised our dream job but it didn’t eventuate. It is so easy to be devastated by promises that are not kept!

But God’s promises are sure. And in God’s upside down Kingdom, it is in his ‘empty’ promises that he really delivers! The empty cross, the empty tomb, the empty burial clothes – they are all promises that remind us of his great love for us, the salvation he offers and the new life we enjoy in relationship with him. These ‘empty’ promises are actually the path to being full!

Going back to the story of the young man who tossed away his father’s generous gift because he thought it was an empty promise, I wonder how many people do exactly the same thing with God. Because they don’t understand what God promises, or don’t believe the gift is for them, they toss it aside. They miss out on the fullness and freedom of living life in relationship with God.

At MECS we hope that the culture and experience of this school is one in which students know and understand that the promises of God are sure and can be relied upon. That the witness of their teachers and parents, the story of this school and the experience of their friends is one that leaves them in no doubt  that God’s ‘empty’ promises are not empty! However, this is a big ‘hope’.

We know that for some members of our community this is not the case, and we hope and pray that each and every member of our community may experience the peace and hope of God in their hearts and minds. We want each person to know the unconditional love offered by God. This is our prayer for all those in our community, but particularly for our students who are yet to know and rely on the promises of God in their life.

Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can trust God to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23

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