Daily Post #110

Clouds, Wind, Rain, and Promises: This morning I started the day by reading Proverbs 25. Tomorrow I will read Proverbs 26. The following verse stood out to me: “Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given” (Prov. 25:14). When I read this, I immediately thought of my two older children (ages 9 and 5). When they ask if I will do something, the only way that they do not hear a resounding “YES” is if I say “No” several times. If I say “Yes,” they do not forget it. They will bring it up over and over as the day goes on if I have not yet done what I promised. If I say, “Maybe later,” or “We will have to see,” then they still take that as a “Yes.” Humor aside, I do not want to be a father of “clouds and wind without rain.” Am I keeping my “little” words to my children? Whether a parent or not, do you keep your word? Do you keep your promises? Can people count on you? That is such a basic, fundamental question. Are you dependable? When you are not able to keep a promise, do you talk to the person and explain why, or do you go silent and just hope that they will forget? I suggest the following:

  1. Do not make promises hastily; be wise and careful with what you promise
  2. When you make a promise, keep it even when difficult (Psalms 15:4 “who keeps an oath even when it hurts”)
  3. When you absolutely cannot keep a promise, reach out to the person and give a heartfelt explanation why

For Christians, is this not what faithfulness, one of the nine fruits of the Spirit, entails?


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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