The Promise Keeper

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

I know a dad that once bought his son a car because he had taken a turn for the better. Not very long after this, his son got a DUI with the car and the dad took it back and sold it. I don't blame the dad, and may have done the same, but often our gifts are more of a bonus or a reward, than an actual gift.

Many times when we give gifts to someone, it is based on their behavior or performance. If we can take it back, then it's not really a gift, and it was never truly theirs to begin with.

God does not take back His love, His gifts, or His calling of us no matter what we do. It is not based on our performance, or our behavior, though we should try and live right. 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 young, God told me to prepare myself because one day I would be in the ministry, and I would be a teacher of His word. This was over twenty-five years ago when I was in my late teens.

After years of preparing for ministry, attending Bible college after work, getting a degree, studying, praying, fasting, there was a train wreck right in the middle of it. I went through a long drawn out divorce and it got really ugly, but I knew when I started contemplating ending it all, that it was time for change.

I resolved to just make the best of what was left of my life and forgot about ministry altogether. One day while praying this verse came to mind and I heard: 'What I have told you, I will do.' I was pretty sure that I had ruined God's plan for me, but I just wrote it in my journal and waited to see what would happen.

In time I was herded into ministry like cattle through a loading chute. Now here I am writing this and looking back through a string of unplanned jobs, it appears that He equipped and trained me for this along the way. Like Joseph, the things that I went through only brought me closer to His goal. He keeps His promises.

No matter what you have done in your life, the same gifts, the same calling, the same love, is still there. It is only dormant. Don't distance yourself from God because you think that you messed it up. When God 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 that you are going through will only bring you closer to His goal.

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, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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