I “Pinky Swear”
15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Remember being younger and making “pinky” promises to each other? To make a “pinky” promise two people entwined their pinky fingers together to signify that a promise had been made. This promise was considered to be a sign of binding and the closing of a deal. It would be for petty reasons like keeping a secret but making the promise would seal it and the secret couldn’t be revealed. Making empty promises in the heat of a moment always seems secure until the secret gets out and the “pinky” promise has been broken. How can anyone be so silly to believe that “pinky” promises actually last, those games are for children right?
Not really because so many times in life we make “pinky” promises to God and don’t keep them. We tell God one thing and mean something totally different in our hearts. Making empty promises to God is a careless mistake that many are guilty of and as a result they are hurting God. A pinky promise isn’t suppose to be broken if each member has promised/swore to hold up their end of the bargain. The promise was made at one’s leisure and own free will. It was not forced upon them and they could’ve easily backed down from the commitment if they had any doubts.
Think about how many empty promises you made to God and you knew your whole heart wasn’t into it, if this were “pinky” swearing rules you would be considered a liar. It’s like putting one hand behind your back while making the promise with the other. Don’t be two-faced with God for he knows the motives of your heart and knows when you are lying to him. May your vow to God never be broken and may you keep every promise that you have made to him.
I bet God pictured himself making a “pinky” promise with us and decided instead of forfeiting our inheritance in him or going back on his on own Word he swore upon himself. Think about it-Abraham was with God and was sworn to be the father of many nations ( Genesis 12) until he had to wait on God. When the waiting came, Abraham grew weary and impatient. His “pinky” promise went from being a promise to a “maybe” to God because he couldn’t see what God was doing. May we never doubt what God is doing, but trust in him that the promise he made to us will come to pass. Think about it a “pinky” promise is two-sided which means if God made the promise your response to that should be “Ill obey you Lord while I wait”. Make a decision to obey God while you wait to see what he has in store for you.
Promises are only broken when you don’t do the little things like obey God, trust him, and heed whatever he may tell you to do. In this case God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham made preparations to do so when all of a sudden God intervened! God stopped what Abraham wanted to do and he blessed him instead. God promised to make Abraham the “Father of many Nations”, why would he then have him kill the promise he worked so hard to get. The purpose of the wait is to teach one to be patient, but to also strengthen one’s faith in God. God wanted to see if Abraham was willing and because he was God blessed him tremendously. When God gave Abraham his promise he swore by himself to bless him (Genesis 22:16). No else but God will work on your behalf to bless you when you keep your “pinky” promise to him! God gave Abraham a promise, made him wait, and then gave him the blessing. Some things are worth fighting for and Abraham did just that.
God blessed his descendants and gave him what he promised him. Make a mental note to keep your “pinky” promises to God and when you do he will bless you tremendously. God is faithful and just to those, whose faith, hope, strength, joy, and peace is him. Learn to wait for your promise in God and when you do he will give you what he swore by himself for you to have.
by Sakinah Salley @ChocolateCovered_Kea
Posted on October 17, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Abraham, Angel of the Lord, Book of Genesis, Christianity, God, Isaac, Pinky swear, Religion and Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.