God is Good for It

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When I was a child, one of my favorite things to do was to be read to by my parents at bedtime. One of them (I can’t remember which) bought me a book entitled “A Promise is a Promise.” They used it to teach me about the importance of keeping promises. Over the course of my life, I’m sure I have broken a promise or two, as you probably have too. When someone breaks a promise it hurts. It hurts your feelings. It hurts your heart, especially if you are especially close to the promise breaker.

Often, the devil tries to test your faith, especially when a promise is broken. Someone may promise you a job or a promotion, but then they change their mind. Another person may promise to do something for or with you, but then flake. Your spouse or partner may loyalty and faithfulness, but then he or she has an emotional or physical affair. People can be fickle, especially as it relates to loyalties, affection and likes and dislikes. But, something that we can rest assured of is that God never breaks a promise. He is not fickle. We can ask him for something that His word tells us is ours (ex. the desires of our heart) and know that he will make good on that promise. The answer or response we want may not come as quickly as we like. So, we wait and we wait. Then we wait some more. Sometimes we get anxious or impatient and try to take matters into our own hands. That never works – at least not long term. No amount of planning, plotting, manipulating or scheming can ever get us (and keep us) where God’s grace and mercy can take us. He always make good on his promises. He is faithful. His word is tried and true.

If we delight in The Lord, he will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4). He is not a man that he should lie nor the son of man that he should change his mind (Numbers 23:19). If we don’t have what we want or what we feel we need. Wait on God. He is good for it. We only have to:

  • Wait Patiently
  • Wait Expectantly
  • Wait with a Heart Filled with Praise

As I was working on this post, I decided to share some tried and true verses. These verses are those that I have tried and as a result, know their promises to be true.

Malachi 3:10 (NIV) – “Bring your whole tithe into the store house, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says The Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV) – God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, …. and he has invited you into partnership with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Philippians 1:6 (NIV) – Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry t on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
James 4:7-8 (NIV) – Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you…

I don’t know about you, but I don’t mind waiting on something when I know that with God, a promise is a promise and that he is good for it.

P.S. About the sunflower – I made sunflower centerpieces for a baby shower today, and I have become obsessed with their beauty, resilience and sturdiness. So, I thought I’d brighten your day by sharing with you.

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God A’int Finished with Me Yet

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My church held Spring Revival this week.  The theme was “God A’int Finished with Me Yet.”  Each night, the praise and worship team sang “Please be Patient with Me.” The words of the chorus were “Please be patient with me, God is not through with me yet.  When God gets through with me, I shall come forth as pure gold.”  As Christians, we should all have peace in knowing that God isn’t through with us yet. We are works in progress (thank God!).  We definitely aren’t sinless, but we should sin less.

It is common knowledge, even among secular crowds, that God isn’t finished with us yet. Tupac wrapped about it, and Steve Harvey had a comedy show tour with the same title.  A powerful verse that comes to mind is Philippians 1:6 – “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of  Christ Jesus.”

So, when we mess up and temporarily loose sight of the finish line, we should be comforted in knowing that God isn’t finished with us yet.  He gives us free will, which requires that we battle against sinful desires (through  prayer, fasting and studying his word).  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41).  He also allows us to ask for forgiveness, and he gives us as many chances as we need to get it right and do things His way (yet another thing to be thankful for, because how many people do you know that will allow you to trample all over their heart numerous times and then accept you back with open arms? Exactly!).

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

The next time you offend someone, appologize and then say, “Please be patient with me; God isn’t finished with me yet.  I’m still becoming the person HE designed me to be.”

Peace and blessings!

P.S.  Two of my friends – Kim (Monday) and Charlene (Wednesday) – were gracious enough to attend revival with me.  It’s a blessing to have friends with whom you can worship!