Daily Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:18–22

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. (2 Cor. 1:20)

It had been a long day, and I was, admittedly, a bit distracted. Sitting at the kitchen table with my nose buried in the newspaper, I’d barely heard the request made by my then-nine-year-old son. “We’ll see,” I mumbled to whatever plea he’d made. Not content with that noncommittal answer, he asked again and I responded the same way. He asked a third time, to which I replied, “Maybe.”

He sighed an unusually long sigh for a small child, then uttered these wise words: “Dad, whenever you say ‘We’ll see’ it means maybe, and when you say ‘Maybe’ it just means no.

He was right, of course. My noncommittal answers didn’t fool my son. He read my tone accurately and realized that I had little intention of granting his request.

How different is God’s word to us. He never half-listens to our petitions, and He is never distracted. He never forgets a promise, and He is never delayed in acting on His word. He is always engaged, always attentive, always trustworthy. And His word is always definite, and always reliable.

As you wait upon the Lord to fulfill His promises, never become discouraged or disheartened. He sees where you are. He remembers what He said. He will not forget His promises. His answer to you is “Yes,” yesterday, today, and forever.

Before each meal today, remember one promise God has made.

Lawrence W. Wilson is a pastor, author, blogger, and avid cyclist from Fishers, Indiana. He is the author of A Different Kind of Crazy (WPH).