Do you ever promise your child that you will take them to Toys R Us? Do you ever wave that in front of them like a big carrot in the hopes of getting them off your back for a moment? Have you ever even used it in desperation? Am I the only one who occasionally manipulates my child?
Oh, for shame.
As painful and embarrassing as this may be, I stand before you and confess that I have used Toys R Us as a bargaining chip with my son, and possibly my husband as well.
I admit this to you in the hopes of creating a picture of how untrustworthy people are, and how trustworthy God is. In the book of Isaiah, the prophet says of God . . . So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
God will never tell you He is going to take you to Toys R Us and then not do it.
God doesn’t manipulate. God doesn’t bargain. God doesn’t tease or beg. God means what He says. If God says He’ll do something, then you can rest assured that He will do it.
When I was in college, God made me a promise. Of course the promise is found in the Bible along with many others, but this specific promise, I know the Lord spoke to ME and promised to ME. It was personal and I carried it in my heart for many years, still do. He told me, All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13)
I remember laying in bed in my dorm room and reading those words, unable to imagine that one day I would have a child. I remember thinking it couldn’t be. I remember closing my eyes with my Bible splayed across my chest and my arms folded over it and praying for it to be true. Peace was something I wasn’t intimately acquainted with at the time. Thankfully, that is no longer the case.
I was no different from a lot of the kids I went to school with. We were angst ridden and confused and hormonal and angry. That also, is no longer the case, thank God.
My point is this. God’s promises are trustworthy. HE is trustworthy. He promised me peace for my child and I can honestly tell you, I have never met a more peaceful, secure, well-adjusted kid than my son. Jaxon has a peace in his little spirit at 9-years-old that I didn’t find until I was nearly 29. Anyone who has met him knows his amazing confidence and assurance in who he is. He thinks he’s the deal.
God made good on His Word. He always does. He always will. Don’t let go of His promises, no matter how long it takes, no matter how bad it looks. Don’t let go. Even if it takes 20 years, trust God to be faithful to His Word.