If you were asked to think of someone who had really let you down or broken a promise, sadly, you could probably think of more than one person. Maybe even people in your family. Turn the tables and you know that you could probably be accused of the same at some point in your life. Good news: God's not like us. The point of the covenant He's made with us (that's constantly being talked about in the Bible) is that He won't ever leave you hanging, and He won't ever break His promises. That's the case no matter how you feel - God loves you just as much when you can't sleep for guilt as when you're living your life entirely on fire for Him. That's the case whoever has a go at you, whatever situations hit you or whatever seemingly-shaming mistakes you may make. Even when you are in the thick of all that feels wrong in your life, God is working all things in it for good.
He says He does that for all who love Him and are called by Him. Even when you don't realise He's doing it, He 'redeems your life from destruction...' Think about all the doors that have shut on you in the past, even those that you desperately wanted to open. Know this. God doesn't keep the best from His kids. It's against His nature as your heavenly Dad. But He may keep you from what you think is your best. He wants His perfect way in your life. That's God's agenda.
So what now? Find ten promises of God in the Bible and speak them out over your life as a prayer.
SoulFood: Deut 8-10, Mark 6:30-44, Ps 37:8-15, Pr 11:27-29
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