Promises and Covenants
Three to six months.
That was the timeframe then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte promised the Filipino people to rid the country of corruption, drugs, and criminality. He premised this promise with, “if elected president.”
He was quoted in newspapers as adding spice to that already spectacular promise, “If I fail in three months, better leave the country or I will step down and give the presidency to Bongbong [Marcos].”
I took those to be his covenant with the electorate.
It has been eight months since he became president, and we are still reeling from the scourge of these three social problems. Corruption in all levels of government is as active as before, drugs and criminality are as rampant as they have always been.
And there is no resignation.
“Promises are made to be broken,” is a saying that originated in the 1500s that still resonates today because nine out of 10 (more or less) it’s true.
That’s probably why when God makes a covenant with human beings, it is unilateral. He always fulfills his side of the bargain, and as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, we don’t fulfill ours.
God’s promises populate the Bible. Let me quote two from NLT:
“Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9
“No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.” Psalm 89:34
We stand on God's promises. Every one of them is grace carved in stone. They cannot be broken.