Time for a trick question ála Sesame Street… Which of these things does not belong?
a) Cross my heart, hope to die!
b) I swear on my grandmother’s grave!
c) On my honor!
d) I swear to… Me?
The trick, of course, depends on who is doing the speaking.
The first three are childhood oaths many of us have uttered at one time or another to indicate the sincerity and seriousness with which we had made a promise. As with all other oaths, these were made to add solemnity to a promise, guarantee integrity of the promiser and provide comfort to the promisee. Anyone could make a promise but if they crossed their heart and hoped to die, well then they really meant to keep it. Really! Really!
So, what do we do make of option d) above? At first glance, it seems rather flippant if not downright blasphemous. But let’s take a deeper look at it in light of verse 13: "When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself." Think about this for a moment and it only makes sense that the God of all creation has no other way to confirm that His promises are secure than by oath to Himself. There is no one greater….
One of the things I’ve tried to instill in my children is that God created them for a specific purpose and with a specific plan in mind for their lives. He has a specific plan and purpose for you, too. Because of His integrity and the surety of His promises, because there is no one greater, we can know that He really means to fulfill it. Really! Really!
Take a moment right now and offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the comfort of His most reliable word and for the specific purpose and plan He has for you. Ask him to further reveal that plan to you and give you the strength and courage to act on it. There is no one greater you could be doing it for. Really! Really!