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Betting On God


Psalm 23:6

Have you ever bet on a “sure thing” only to lose? We probably all have at one time or another. Growing up, I was always an avid Muhammad Ali fan. He was the greatest boxer of all time in my opinion. I knew some guys who always bet on Ali to win his fights. They said, “He’s a sure thing”. Personally, I lost interest in betting at a young age. It seemed every time I would be on my favorite team or person, they’d lose. I remember how surprised those guys who bet on Ali were the night he lost to Joe Frazier, and then again when He lost to Ken Norton. Their “sure thing” plan wasn’t so sure.

It seems nothing in this world is a “sure thing”. Businesses even buy what are called Surety Bonds to insure they don’t lose money if someone defaults on a contract. But, even Surety bond businesses aren’t a “sure thing” if they go bankrupt. However, there is one thing in this world that is a “sure thing”God’s goodness and mercy.

When David wrote the 23rd Psalm, he knew his Lord would never let him down, no matter what enemies came against him. We can trust God to always love, always forgive, and to always be good. His mercy flows out to His children forever. My pastor when I was a young man used to always say, “God is too good to wrong, and too wise to make a mistake”. We can count on the Him like Jeremiah the prophet did as he remembered God’s mercy in his times of lamenting.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

(Lam. 3:22-23)

I have a great tip for you today. If you’re hurting or lost, and don’t know what to do next, who to trust, or where to turn, bet on God – He is the only “sure thing”.

Grace and Peace,

+Pastor Brad

Prayer

Father of all Mercy, assist me by your grace to always turn to you in my trouble. Thank you for your steadfast faithfulness that never lets me down. Teach me to walk faithfully in your ways. Amen.

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