I like words, always have. I find them interesting, meaningful, and powerful. However, words with nothing behind them are empty, and worse—unkept promises that have the ability to turn a person away, maybe forever.
Like billowing clouds that bring no rain is the person who talks big but never produces. Proverbs 25:14
We teach our children to let their actions speak, as opposed to their words. In turn, we try to follow our own advice. Sometimes we succeed; other times, we fail. Praise God for grace and second chances.
Think of the imagery described in the proverb.
But no rain?
A promise broken.
The expectation is set. Rain! Rain hard! Nourish the plants, replenish the lakes, oceans, and rivers. In other words, bring it!
But when nature breaks its promises, we somehow feel shorted. Let down. Out of sorts.
Same with people.
Whether we are referring to public figures, private citizens, leaders, or followers, if you talk the talk you better walk the walk.
Promise made? Act. Put forth an effort. Push for expected results.
Yet, we are human and our success/failure rate hinges on our flawed nature.
Switch gears with me for a moment.
Believers in Jesus claim to believe He is who He said He is.
Son of God.
Followers of Jesus claim an overwhelming desire to pattern their behavior after His. They believe His words, they've accepted His claims, but they've committed to act on His behalf. To allow the Holy Spirit to change their hearts, compelling them to walk as Jesus walked.
And that is good news.
The Living Water brings the rain. Every. single. time.
Promise made? Promise kept.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.