God’s guarantee


I once bought a new wrist watch at a discount store. A nice watch.

I liked it and it was large enough to be easily read. It cost me the princely sum of $6. Reading the “fly speck” size type on the little document accompanying it, I learned it has a one-year guarantee against manufacturers’ defects. The instructions gave an address to send the watch to and a promise to repair or replace it “free of charge.”

Included was a requirement to “enclose a money order for $7.98 to pay return shipping.”

Now, there’s an empty guarantee! Who do you know would pay $7.98 to repair or replace a six dollar watch? Not I!

Christians celebrate the life of the Child of Promise. God sent His Son to fulfill the promise of the ages. He had, for centuries, promised a Deliverer, but His people were not satisfied and rejected the Savior. They “sent Him back.”

Still, God’s promise stands. He guarantees eternal life to all who surrender their lives in faith and obedience to His Son. There are no hidden costs, either. Jesus paid it all.

Our salvation comes with a guarantee. The Apostle Paul wrote of it in Ephesians 1:13-14: “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance.” There’s a promise you can stand on!

By the way, my watch never kept time very well, but I didn’t return it.


Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Pastor Chuck Salmon, a retired minister living in Lock Haven.