Before your oath
Reflect with fear
For more than men
Your promise hear
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom...
The fear of man brings a snare...
The previous two proverbs came to mind upon the revelation that President Trump has recently failed to follow through on his campaign promise to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Oh, I suppose there is reason behind the reneging. No doubt his top advisers, or perhaps his own deal-making psyche, determined that such an action at this time would unduly irritate and inflame the non-Jews in the area; putting in jeopardy the delicate peace-making process.
But, Mr. President, a gentle reminder; we're not talking about an inconsequential piece of real-estate; but rather the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the land where the Christ walked and made the ultimate sacrifice; the land and people described as the apple of God's eye (Zechariah 2:8). You weren't required to make such a promise, but you did; and many of us added this weight to the scale which ultimately tipped in your favor.
So, Mr. President, when the current waiver runs out in six months, please follow through on this promise as you have with so many others. It will take some courage, but the coming fulfillment of your oath brings another proverb to mind:
When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.