He Will Bring His Promises To Pass

Sometimes, life doesn’t work out how you think it will.

I know, I know. “Sometimes? Megan, what are you talking about? Life never goes how I want it to go!” That’s what you’re saying, right?

I can’t deny that. We rarely make the same plans as the ones that end up playing out in our lives. I know that’s true for my life. Let me be completely honest. If things went the way I wanted them to go, I would be married by now. I would also have a flourishing career as a fiction writer and a fan-base in the millions.

I’m not there yet. Am I still working toward it and praying about it? Sure! Do I still want all those things with every fiber of my being? Absolutely! Just because it hasn’t happened exactly the way we planned, doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

This happened to so many Bible characters that I can’t even discuss them all in this blog post. But I do want to point out a few very specific ones, so that we can all feel better about our lives.

Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”

Genesis 15:4-5

First of all, do you think Abraham thought this would take so long? I mean… a lot happened in the years after God made this promise. Abraham took matters into his own hands, Ishmael was born, there was the whole Sodom and Gomorrah thing… That’s just the highlights. Do you think Abraham’s plan was to wait that long to see God’s promise come true?

Yeah, me neither. But you know what? Even thought Abraham messed the whole thing up, God’s promise held firm and came to pass. Let’s not think that we have no hope because we haven’t seen the promise yet.

But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”

Ruth 1:16-17

Okay, let’s be real. Ruth didn’t know what she was getting into, but she bore it with determination. I doubt that her plan for her life included losing her husband in the first place. Let alone being scorned and bullied all because she was loyal to her mother-in-law.

Ruth is a perfect example of how God works even when our plans get interrupted by the war of life. How many times do you think she regretted her decision to make that vow? Do you think it was easy for her to go glean grain and live with nothing? No! But God made a way. Let’s not think that we’ll be stuck in this one path or this one level forever. God is bigger than all that.

No matter what we face, no matter what life throws at us, we stand firm. We believe that God is God and he will bring his promises to pass. We believe that we will see the goodness of God in the land of the living!

So what’s your stand today? I’m on your side, so throw me a paragraph about where you’re at and what you’re expecting. We love comments around here!

Know Your Worth!

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This week, I’ve been learning a lot from small children and foreign dramas.

Let me explain, because I know that doesn’t seem to make sense.

“Small Children” – I watch a pair of toddler boys on Mondays, and they’re the most precious things ever. Recently, the weather here in Illinois has finally started to warm up, so we went outside. That turned into ‘let’s collect rocks from the driveway’. Hold the rock thought, we’ll get there soon.

“Foreign Dramas” – I will admit to watching Korean Dramas because quite frankly they’re just better than most American dramas. That said, because I knew one of the actors from a Korean boy band, I have been watching ONE Chinese drama as well. In this drama, they’re all about the Jadeite trade, which is fascinating and enlightening.

Okay, now that I’ve explained that, let me get to the real point of this post. Are we rocks or are we treasures?

Those little boys (God love ’em) have two different personalities. One didn’t pick up a rock unless it seemed like it would be glittery or pretty. The other just grabbed the first two rocks that struck his fancy. Later, after we washed them and let them dry, do you know which rocks were prettier? The ones I thought were ugly.

Just like that, did you know that Jadeite is hidden inside stones that look like regular rocks? It’s a complete gamble if there’s going to be a precious gem inside. People try to understand what signs show that there is going to be a lot of color in that stone, but they often fail.

Like pebbles and Jadeite, a lot of times even we don’t know our real worth. We may look completely ordinary on the outside, but wait til God gets ahold of us and shows us what’s inside. There’s a scripture similar to this example in 2 Corinthians:

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

It’s not our job, necessarily, to look pretty on the outside. It’s not our job to be perfect and irreplaceable.

Jadeite only goes up in value once it’s opened. Once its true colors are shown to the world. It takes some careful calculation and some cutting away of the excess roughness for its true beauty to fully shine.

Sometimes, a stone won’t contain any Jadeite at all. It’s sad, but it happens. These stones are mourned over by their owner, but in the end it isn’t possible to produce Jadeite where there wasn’t any to begin with.

The good news? We’re the stones no one expects. When we came to Christ, we became a new creation, and thus there’s beauty hidden inside us just waiting for the world to see it. Our stone-cutter is Father God, and he’s the very best and bringing out the most shine in our jewel.

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7b

God knows what’s inside of us. He sees the treasure waiting to shine. Trust Him when he starts cutting off the excess roughness. The things we don’t need or shouldn’t hold onto. Trust Him when he washes away the mud we like to hide behind. He knows how beautiful we’re going to be afterward.

Trust God to be your stone-cutter. Because, the best part? Once that roughness is cut off, the treasure inside can skyrocket the price up to 1,000 times the original purchase price. Our purchase price is Jesus’ blood, so our skyrocketed price? Priceless.

We are God’s treasures and He will never sell us or give us away. To Him, we are beyond precious. So trust Him to polish you today.