It would be God’s desire that we learn through a relationship of trust in Him and by obeying His Word (using godly wisdom). Unfortunately, we see throughout biblical history that mankind would often rather “do what is right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Often man chooses to learn through hard experiences instead of walking with God and following His loving commands.

 TWO TEACHERS

There are two teachers in life: wisdom and experience. Throughout history, man has chosen to learn about himself the difficult way, through the way of experience.

As we consider in our minds what we might do in a given situation, we may think noble, heroic, admirable thoughts about ourselves and our possible actions. But when actually faced with adversity or temptation, we often end up falling far short of those ideals. All of us can relate to this experience!

Fortunately, we have the ability to choose to live by God’s wisdom, understanding and knowledge as revealed in the Bible, rather than living by our own limited wisdom and knowledge.

The Word of God was given to enlighten and instruct us (2Tim 3:15-17). God’s Word was given to guide us (Ps 119:105). God’s Word never fails (Isa 40:8; 2Pet 1:19).

Everything we need to know in life (2Pet 1:2) is made available to us through God’s Word, the Bible (Deut 29:29). God has even given us a measure of faith (Rom 12:3) so that we might walk by faith in Him and not by sight (2Cor 5:7; Gal 2:20). We can trust in God’s way of doing things.

 A COVENANT-KEEPING GOD 

There are several ways to make agreements between two individuals.

  1. You can make a verbal promise to someone, which is a familiar method.
  2. A more formal kind of agreement would be a legally binding written contract.

These first two types of agreements are limited. They can be limited by the agreement itself or limited by the power, strength and authority of the one who must fulfill or enforce it.

  1. A third type of agreement is a will or testament. In the case of a will, the testator (the one who makes the will) must die before the terms of the will go into effect.

God has made agreements with mankind. God also has unlimited power, unlimited strength and unlimited authority. Thus, God can and will fulfill ALL of His agreements and promises. God always keeps His covenant

PROMISES

A promise is a commitment by someone to do (or not do) something. Obviously by making a promise, there is an implied intent to fulfill the promise.

Man’s promises are limited to intent because none of us can absolutely guarantee fulfillment of a promise. This is because we do not have absolute power or control over all circumstances of life.

For example, I might promise to meet you next week on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the train station. Yet, when that morning arrives, I become violently ill and end up in the hospital and cannot fulfill my promise to meet you. Some things are out of our control because our strength and power are limited.