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No upsets with God

By Teresa A. LeNeave

We always hear, "The only predictable thing about March Madness is that it's unpredictable."

Thankfully, your Christianity is predictable. It's not like March Madness. No upsetting shocks. No secrets. It's all laid out in black and white in the Bible. It's not like a box of chocolates. You know what to expect. You know what you get.

I like that about God.

The journey is different every day because life is different every day, but I get no surprises from serving God. He is always faithful. He is always with me even in my darkest trials. He is my comfort and my pillow to cry on. He is my strength and my hope. "Hope," the Bible says, "is the anchor of the soul".

What I like about the Bible is that it doesn't hide or deny our humanism. Every great biblical leader had imperfections just like we do, but their faith was the victory that overcame the world in their lives. The same holds true for us. Samson was a thief; he killed anytime he wanted to and took anything he wanted; he was motivated by revenge. He's not a good example of godly living, but God had a purpose for him. His job was to begin deliverance for the nation of Israel. He fulfilled his purpose. That doesn't make his wrongs right because his short story is very clear that he paid a high price for sin. Though he suffered for his mistakes, his choices didn't change God's love for him.

King David is reported "to be a man after God's own heart," yet he was not always a good example either. But his immediate repentance is. When he was wrong, he admitted it. And, to his credit, he changed. He didn't wallow in his sin, but stepped out of it into victory because he was willing to change. I think what I like so much about David is that he didn't blame anyone else for his mistakes. He faced them head-on and became a better leader because of it.

He knew how to rally the people behind him and get things done. He knew God was always faithful. He said, "O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee?" (Ps. 89:8) He consistently believed God's faithfulness was strong enough to hold him when everyone in the temporal world was against him. He even stood strong on God's faithfulness when his children rebelled against him. "Thy faithfulness," he wrote, "is unto all generations." (Ps. 119:9) David knew God would be faithful generation to generation. When we are gone, he's still going to be loving and protecting our children.

"What a mighty God we serve," the song says.

"Blessed is the man that fears the Lord," David wrote in Psalm 112:1-4. "(Blessed) is the man that delights greatly in his commandments. HIS SEED (Your children. My children), shall be mighty upon earth. The generation of the upright shall be blessed ... Unto the upright there shall arise light in the darkness."

Serving God holds no surprises. You won't lose. You win. Even if life holds many troubles and trials, in the end, you win. It may look like the waves are about to cover you, but lean more heavily on the breast of Jesus. He is our strength. Our peace. Our joy. You won't lose with God on your side.

Talking to the children of Israel (and believers in Jesus), God says, "Yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the Lord their God.

Choose God. It's in your best interest.

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