Gracious Promises

“The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” (Psalm 145;13b NIV)

I read this Scripture and I realize that God is talking about us! I remember as a teacher of young children, I loved being gracious to them. This meant providing an environment where each of them could learn and have their gifts and talents honored. I wanted them to know they were unique.

Once saved, our heavenly Father pours all of himself into us. He wants us to know that each of us in unique to him. Even when we sin, he woos us back to our relationship with him. When the afflictions of life shatter our hopes and dreams, he can renew us and help us see other ways to achieve his goals and his dreams for us. Are we willing to listen and learn? I am not so sure I always am. I can long for the days when life was not so challenging. I forget that even “back then” there were challenges. I am supposed to have learned from them so that now I am able to persevere when a new challenge presents itself.

Be it the past or the present, I experience a God who has his distinct plans and his promises for me. Can I be faithful in trusting him? Can I allow him to be loving towards me as one whom he made in his image – broken and wounded as I often feel? His grace is there as that is his graciousness! Do I give him back my grace of acceptance? If I can give grace to my friends, as I once gave grace to my students, how much more does my God deserve my same love and commitment. Do I provide an environment that makes it easy for him to teach me?

God has made promises to me and I have made a commitment to Him. I will reverse this Psalm and say to him, “Lynn is faithful to all her promises and loving toward the God who made her.”

Prayer: Lord, I receive your gracious ways shown to me. I honor you for your consistent faithfulness. Thank you. Amen.

Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 26 years of living with daily physical challenges.