Promises of God

I’m walking through some pretty challenging circumstances with some beautiful people.  Sincere followers of Christ that have made some significant mistakes.  Unfortunately, the reality of mistakes is consequences.  And consequences can be hard.

But the joy of seasons like this is the promise God makes to us even in the midst of those consequences.  When it comes down to it, all we have are the promises of God.  There’s something about Isaiah 55.  I love that scripture.  It’s ripe with promises He has made to us…. even in a season of consequences.

“My thoughts are not your thoughts,and my ways are not your ways,” declares the Lord. “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,so my ways are higher than your ways,and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts. Rain and snow come down from the sky.They do not go back again until they water the earth.They make it sprout and growso that it produces seed for farmersand food for people to eat. My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow.It will not come back to me without results,but it will accomplish whatever I wantand achieve whatever I send it to do.” You will go out with joy and be led out in peace.The mountains and the hillswill break into songs of joy in your presence,and all the trees will clap their hands. Cypress trees will grow where thornbushes grew.Myrtle trees will grow where briars grew.This will be a reminder of the Lord’s nameand an everlasting sign that will never be destroyed.

If God were to take us back to those pivotal moments in our life where we simply made the wrong choice… I believe His desire is that we make a better choice.  However, even in the midst of the consequences of this wrong choice He promises us growth, joy, and peace.  He promises that from the deepest areas of our lives that were once a baron wasteland will become fertile soil rich with life.  And it comes from His Word spoken from His Mouth.

This is the scripture I draw upon as I wrap my arms around these volunteers.

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A self-described Christ-follower, wife, mom, writer, speaker, kids' pastor and coffee snob, Gina McClain cannot organize a closet to save her life, but can paint a vision for why the closet should be organized and recruit the talent to make it happen. She formerly served as a LifeKIDS Pastor at the OKC Campus of