I think we have all said, especially in our youth, “I swear to God.” We said this as a way to validate whatever just came out of our mouth to ensure our hearers we are telling the truth or will follow through with whatever we committed ourselves to.
When looking at the above verse, I guess this has been a practice that has lasted most of history. Apparently, even God Himself validated his promises. But as we read this Scripture, He couldn’t swear to anything outside of Himself because there was nothing greater than Himself to swear to. That is why to this day, we still say, “I swear to God” because there is no authority, no higher power, nor worthy witness than God Himself. When we say we “swear to God,” we mean what we are saying we have God to answer to!
Well, just like God’s promise to Abraham, His promises to us are backed up by this same principle. God will have to answer to Himself only for the promises or claims He makes and because we know that God is perfect in love, power, and knowledge, He cannot fail Himself. If God can’t fail Himself, that means He can never fail us.
His promises are the real deal, “I swear to God!”
Pastor Jason Witt