By Doug Shamblin
Our county seat is known for flooding since it is located on the banks of the Ohio River. Most of the floods do not cause much damage, but some have been very destructive. The merchants located along the riverfront are well versed in a quick cleanup so they can be back in business the next day after the floodwater returns to the normal depth.
God made a promise to Noah after Noah stepped out of the ark onto dry land. God said, “I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:11).
Keeping Promises Is Important
We make promises every day. From the time we rise from our sleep until we lay down to recharge, we make promises to many people—to children, teens, bosses, and mates.
Of the many promises we make each day, how many do we keep— 20, 30, 50, 80 percent? Do we keep every promise we make? Doing what you’ve promised to do is important. The children I teach have reminded me of this many times. I feel bad when I fail.
God’s Promises Are Unending
Has anyone ever kept all his promises? Absolutely! God has kept every promise he has made. His promises are everlasting. From Adam to Noah to the present, God has kept every promise—and he will continue to keep his promises.
I am thankful God keeps his promises. No matter what is going on in your life, he will keep his promises—and he fulfills them at the right time. When you feel that God has forgotten you in your difficulties, remember that he works according to a purpose we cannot see. He knows the best time to act.
Doug Shamblin lives in Pomeroy, Ohio with his wife, Sherry. He has served with churches and para-church organizations in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for over 23 years. He is the Director of Children’s Ministries with the Middleport, Ohio, Church of Christ along with serving as a chaplin for the Middleport Police Department.