Thursday, November 10, 2011

THURSDAY'S TREASURE with guest writer MARIA MORGAN

The Promise Keeper
By
Maria Morgan


Childhood memories. Along with the pleasant recollections, I do remember getting in trouble on occasion. One time I got caught doing something I wasn't supposed to. Boy was I sorry. I reassured my parents I wouldn't do it again, and promised them, "I'll be good!" I think I repeated that phrase over and over in hopes that I could lighten my punishment. I received a well-deserved spanking in spite of my promises.


My guess is that I stayed out of trouble for awhile - the stinging repercussions of my behavior serving as inspiration to do what I was told. But more than likely, given the passage of time and the right temptation, I'm sure I broke my heartfelt promise to be 'good.'


Fact is, all of us humans struggle to keep our promises. Oh, we have good intentions, but when circumstances change, we justify breaking our word. Remember Pharaoh in the book of Exodus? He and his people experienced horrific plagues that caused severe damage. Over and over he pleaded with Moses to call on God to remove each plague. He assured Moses that he'd let the Israelites go to sacrifice to their God, if the plague was eliminated.


Pharaoh was desperate, yet his response was the same every time each plague was removed, "But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them (Moses and Aaron); as the Lord had said," (Exodus 8:15; KJV; words in italics mine). He promised to let the Israelites go if the plagues disappeared, but when there was relief, he went back on his word every time. The last plague, death of every firstborn, finally convinced Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go. But not for long...


As the Israelites fled from the land of Egypt, Pharaoh and his army realized what they had done - let their entire workforce leave. You guessed it! Pharaoh goes back on his word one last time, "...Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him," (Exodus 14:5b-6).


But God wasn't caught by surprise. The wonderful truth is that the God of the Bible is able to keep every promise He's ever made. God instructs Moses to encourage the Israelites, "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace," (Exodus 14: 13-14). The Israelites walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. When the Egyptians began to pursue them, the water the Lord had parted crashed down on the army, leaving no survivors.


The God who kept His promises way back in the days of Moses, still keeps His promises today. He promises to forgive my sins (1 John 1:9), to be with me (Hebrews 13:5), to meet all of my needs (Philippians 4:19), to finish the work He's begun in me (Philippians 1:6). To name just a few of His amazing promises. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever," (Hebrews 13:8). Know that what He promises, He'll deliver. You have His word on it!


Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me of Your faithfulness. You always keep Your promises. Forgive me when I break my word. Help me to take refuge and find encouragement in the promises You lay out in Your Word. In Jesus' name, Amen.



Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational/devotional writer, whose passion is to share the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. She is a regular contributor to Around About Cumming, Cumming Patch, and Living by Grace. You can visit her on the web Tuesdays and Thursdays for a life lesson you can relate to (www.mariaimorgan.blogspot.com). Maria lives in Georgia with her husband, Steve, daughter, Riley, their two dogs and cat.


Maria, thank you for being a guest writer at the Nest. Your words have blessed my heart. Oh, how many times I have filled my chariot with promises only to take off and ride that same path of forgetfulness when it came to doing what I wanted to do. What a beautiful portrait of God's grace. Thank you for reminding me again today that although I may fall short of my promises, God never will. Blessings to you:)


6 comments:

Maria I. Morgan said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity to guest post on your beautiful blog, Robin! I'll pop by several times today to interact with anyone who leaves a comment! Hugs and blessings to you!

Marja Meijers said...

Hey girls, thanks for posting a message of hope! God's promises are yes and amen in Jesus Christ!
Have a great day, enjoy!

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

Ahhh, yes! The promise of "I won't ever do that again."

Isn't it fun to connect with others and know how we all go through the same "stuff??"

Robin Prater said...

Maria, you are a blessing:)You shared a wonderful message of hope. One that we all need. It was a great encouragement!

Thank you ladies for popping in today. I am so honored you have stopped in at my blog. I hope you will return:)

Blessings to you all, Robin

Maria I. Morgan said...

Marja - Thanks for stopping over. You're an encouragement! Have a beautiful day, my friend!

Cheryl - Your comment is so true! All of us live in this human flesh - none of our struggles are new...Thanks for the reminder!

Robin - God is so good to allow us to partner with Him to share His truth, isn't He?! What a blessing to be here today! :)

Rahul Bhatia said...

Such a lovely post! We keep doing it over n over again, and keep promising 'not to do it again'!

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