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Topic: Promises (02/09/04)

TITLE: "But You Promised!"
By Donna Haug
02/12/04

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“But You Promised!”
By: Donna Haug
February 13, 2004


“But you promised!”

How often do children and even adults say those words to each other! There is nothing more devastating to one’s sense of justice than to be let down by someone else, especially if that someone is one you love.

But I wonder how many of us have screamed those very thoughts heavenward when things did not turn out exactly as we had planned. How could God let us down like that?

I remember as a young lady somehow believing that it was my right to be happy. In my dreams of what I wanted my life to be, pain, heartache, financial pressures, loneliness and less than perfect children never entered the picture. I was not naïve enough to think that I would never have any problems, but somehow I figured that if God were pleased with me, He would bless me – which naturally meant happiness.

As a few more years have flown by, I have seen dedicated and faithful Christians go through terrible heartache and tragedies. I have had my share of struggles, disappointments and discouragements. One lesson I have learned and I know I will continue to learn is that there are no guarantees in life. Bad times will come in one form or another. That thought used to scare me, so I chose to ignore it.

Our Lord never promised us an easy road. He never said that if we obey him everything would be terrific. What He did promise was that in everything He would work for our good. In other words, God can use every circumstance in our lives to mold and shape us. Do we trust Him enough to say “what ever, Lord!” He knows us intimately and cares deeply. We can trust one day at a time that God’s promises are unbreakable! He WILL work in EVERY situation for our GOOD.

After all … He promised!


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L.M. Lee02/16/04
Too cute... I remember always being reminded of the good things I promised, but they surely didn't want me to be reminded of the "spankings" I promised! God's word has both...sometimes I forget that!
Lucynda Gullia02/16/04
I've been reflecting alot of how wonderful that kind of love is that God has for us. He lets us screw up, and have things we should never have, and then takes those things and works them out for good. The said thing that we all do not realize, is that if we just say yes to God, He does not just work things together and they work out for good, they are what He had planned all along, and they are the things that are BEST, not jsut good. Oh if we could only trust enough to always say YES God!
Mary Elder-Criss02/17/04
Thankfully, Christ can be trusted to keep His promises. Having faith in the midst of trials, knowing He will fulfill them, despite what you see happening around you. It is sometimes difficult to remember, but He Himself is faithful. Nice job, Donna.
Donna Anderson02/22/04
I heard once that sometimes God uses a Q-tip to mold us and sometimes a jackhammer! Just remember there's no jackhammers in heaven! :) Donna, you're so good with the truth! :)