Tuesday, July 23, 2013

people will let you down

Psalm 25:3  NLT
No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

Throughout the years people have let me down.  Some of these people have been close to me.  Some of them have been people that I didn’t know but admired.  But in one case or another they let me down. 

What I realized over and over again was that I put my trust in the wrong person.  God will not let me down.  People will fail me often.  God tells us the truth.  He guides my steps, but God doesn’t make me do things I don’t want to do.  The options are in front of me as I listen to God and honor Him with my words and my actions.

When we lean on the wrong people, we will be disappointed, and what we do with the pain and disappointment says a lot about us.  God has been kind to me.  I should be kind to others.  God has forgiven me when I least deserved it.  I should forgive others.  In the mix of loving and accepting people I learn who to lean on, who to trust and how to win in all kinds of situations. 

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

God will see us through.  When we are hurt, we can lean on God.  When we have been let down, we can brush off the dirt from falling and get back up again to literally try again.  I love people, but I am going to trust God because someone will let me down.

Be honest.  I will let someone down too.  I might even let you down.  That’s not my plan.  I hate it when I hurt people, but I have done that.  God didn’t call me to make people happy or to please people.  God called me to trust Him and to love people like God loves them.  That means I will take chances on people.  That means I will forgive and be kind.  That means I will acknowledge my faults and learn from each of them.  It means that I will lean on God and love people.  That is it.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

God, thank you for people.  Help me to learn to help people and to trust where I should trust, but help me lean totally on you all along the way.  Thank you for dealing with the pain that life will often bring me way and turning the struggle into strength because of how good you are.  I pray this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Pray for back2school outreach as we still have room for students to register.  Pass the word and have them call 276-647-8231, and registration will end this evening.

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