The Promise Keeper

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29 WEB.

I know a dad who bought his son a car because he had taken a turn for the better. Not very long after this, his son got a drunk driving charge with it. So the dad took the car back and sold it. I don't blame the dad. I may have done the same, but human gifts are often more of a loan, a bonus, or a reward than an actual gift. Many times when we give presents to someone, it is based on their behavior or performance. But if we can take it back, then it's not really a gift. It was never actually theirs to begin with.

God does not take back His love, His gifts, or His calling of us, no matter what we do. His goodness and decisions are not based on our performance or our behavior. Of course, we should try and live right, but He knows us better than we do. He did not call us or give us the gifts in our life because we were good. It is because He is good, and He is faithful to keep His promises.

When I was much younger, around twenty years old, God told me to prepare myself, for one day, I would be in the ministry. That I would be a teacher of His word. I believed Him and began attending Bible college. After years of studying, praying, fasting, spending long nights at school after work, and getting ordained, I had a train wreck right at the end of it. I went through a long, drawn-out divorce that got really ugly and took two years.

I resolved to just make the best of what I had left of my life, and I forgot about ministry altogether. I assumed that I had wrecked His plans for me. Years passed by. One day while praying, this verse came to mind, and I heard: 'What I have told you, I will do.' I was pretty sure I had messed up His plan, but I wrote it down in my journal.

In time, He herded me into the ministry like a cow through a loading chute. Now I am here writing this. When I look back, I see a string of unplanned jobs that He used to equip and train me for what we do today. The things I learned while working on computers, playing music in bands, building websites for others, even construction are all used here at Refreshing Hope daily. He used those years to equip and train me for such a time as this. Like Joseph, the things I went through only brought me closer to His goal. The Lord is faithful, and He keeps His promises. He was with me all the while.

No matter what you have done in your life, the same gifts, the same calling, the same love is still there. It hibernates until the spring comes. Don't distance yourself from God because you think you messed it all up. When the Lord gives us something, it comes with no strings attached, and He does not take it back. When your life is submitted to Him, the things you are going through will only equip you and bring you closer to your destiny.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You do for me. My life has taken unexpected twists and turns, but here I am, Lord, ready to serve You as best I can. Take me, use me, speak to me, and through me today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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