lampI received this gorgeous lamp, but somehow I could not get it to come on. It was plugged in, and the light bulb worked; I knew, because I tried it on another lamp. But it simply wouldn’t work; it must be broken. It was beautiful though. And I certainly didn’t want to throw that stupid pretty lamp in the garbage. I just left it there as a decoration.

Until one day, I noticed that the on/off switch wasn’t pushed in all the way in the “on” position–the lamp wasn’t stupid, the lamp wasn’t broken, and it did not need to be thrown out. I just did not know how to use it.

Like if I put the battery backwards in a flashlight. Or if I don’t change the filter in the furnace. Or if I don’t put gas in my car…. In life, things work a certain way. And when they don’t work, it doesn’t automatically mean that they are broken. Maybe we just didn’t use them the way they are supposed to be used.

Like God’s promises.

I have often thought that God’s promises were just broken. At times, they just don’t seem to work at all. And I I have been tempted every so often to throw them out. Or sometimes, I just rearranged them in my little arsenal of God-stuff, so they still looked pretty. Pretty but useless; I just pretended to enjoy them–nobody has to know, right?

Wrong. Because God always does.

Because He is absolutely linked to His promises. And these promises, they only work when we invite the Promisor in. The One who made them, He’s the One who validates them. He’s the One who knows how to make them work. Actually, He is the One who works them.

And God, He is never ever broken.

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  1. I love this analogy! The more you read the Bible the more you understand why life doesn’t go how we think it should – not because God isn’t faithful, but because we aren’t! Linked up behind you at A life in Balance.


  2. The promises of God are often taken out of context, abused and misunderstood. He is faithful to his word, it’s irresponsible of us not to try out best to understand them. Wonderful post. Thank you for the reminder!


  3. SImple, but powerful thought…I am reminded of God’s response to Job in the latter part of the book when He asks Job a long series of questions…Sometimes it is hard to remember our position before God and how great He truly is. Thanks for sharing.


  4. This is great reminder, and a wonderful analogy. It’s so true, God doesn’t break his promises to us, we just sometimes don’t understand his meanings. He always comes through for us, sometimes in ways we didn’t think we needed.


  5. yes, God’s promises are not broken, sometimes there is a just a little tweak that changes everything. So grateful for God’s grace as we figure out where the “on” switch is.


  6. This was incredible. Thank you. Thank you, thank you. He’s never broken. His promises are not broken. What an incredible truth.

    So, so grateful that I was your neighbor at #TellHisStory. What a beautiful blessing to me. ~Jenna // A Mama Collective


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