Ezekiel 16: 59-63
59 For thus says the Lord God, “I will also do with you as you have done, you who have despised the oath by breaking the covenant.60 “Nevertheless, I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. 61 Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed…62 Thus I will establish My covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the Lord, 63 so that you may remember and be ashamed and never open your mouth anymore because of your humiliation, when I have forgiven you for all that you have done,” the Lord God declares.
The prophet Ezekiel up to this point had been proclaiming to Judah God’s judgments that were going to be poured out upon them for all their heinous acts. God had proclaimed them to be worse than all the nations around them, worse than those that He had already condemned and judged. He was going to wipe them out and leave the land desolate and barren. But then…”Nevertheless, I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth.” God had promised Abraham that he would make of him a great nation–as numerous as the stars of the sky, that through his seed (Jesus) all the families of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 15). He had promised David that his throne would be established forever (2 Samuel 7). How could those promises happen if God completely destroyed the people of Israel? But God did not forget His promises to His faithful servants.
And He will not forget His promises to us. He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). He promises that ALL things will work together for good ~ that somehow all the seemingly bad things and all the wonderful things are meshed together to form a beautiful picture of our lives (Rom. 8:28). He promises that NOTHING can separate us from His love (Rom. 8:35-39). These are just a few of the many promises that God has given us. He has been faithful to keep His promises in the past, He will continue to do so in the future. One of the things that God cannot do is change. He is and always will be faithful. We just don’t always see what He’s doing or why.
A visual that always comes to mind…my husband and I led Vacation Bible Schools for a summer while in college. I forget what the lesson was about specifically, but the theme for the lesson was “God always keeps His promises.” So, as dealing with children, there were hand motions with it. “God (pointing up) always (make your hand into a fist and bring in a downward arc across your body) keeps His promises!” That has burned into my brain, and I will never forget it. “God ALWAYS keeps His promises!”