Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Broken People = Broken Promises

As with just about everything I find funny, there is always a touch of truth to it.  And sometimes that truth is a harsh reflection of who I am as an individual or who we are as a society.  We shouldn't be surprised by this fact since humor requires the audience to be able to relate to the subject matter being discussed.  In order to relate, we must have had an experience based in the truth of the statement(s) being made. 

Here we have a comic strip where within seconds of making a New Years Resolution to NOT judge people, our character has broken his resolve.  For me it was no snacking after dinner.  For you it might have been to spend more time with the family.  Let's face it we have a wake of brokenness behind us.  The best intentions normally motivate our initial gumption to make promises and strive for change.  Its in the testing of our endurance that failure becomes possible.

Thankfully we have a Father in Heaven that doesn't suffer from this "good intentions" disease.  Human goodness is truly laughable when compared to the holy scale of God's.  Jesus alludes to this when someone calls Him good in Luke 18.  God's goodness is pure and unmatched.  It means when He makes a promise, that you can count on it.  We need not worry about whether He will come through for us.  It's a guarantee:

Numbers 23:19 - God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?