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Monday, October 28, 2019

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These cousins are headed out to explore nature in the leaf strewn woods.

"The Peril Of Broken Trust"

Message summary: None of us knows when we will experience a broken trust, but if we rest on God’s promises, we’re reminded that He is faithful in helping us to overcome every heartache that comes our way. He is ever-trustworthy so let us keep our focus on the eternal covenant that will never be broken. And let us also commit to being trustworthy.

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"God keeps every promise He makes. He is like a shield for all who seek His protection" (Proverbs 30:5). "But I will never stop loving Him, nor let my promise to Him fail. No, I will not break my covenant. I have sworn an oath to David, and in My holiness I cannot lie: his dynasty will go on forever; his throne is as secure as the sun" (Psalm 89:33,34a,35,36). "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds" (Psalm 147:3).

Saturday night we received a message from Bob, a long time friend, who reflects upon his recent wedding anniversary:

"My wife and I have just been married fifty-nine years. I trust her to be faithful to me, and she trusts me to be faithful to her. We always have been, and we always will be! Broken trust is like a splinter that has broken off in your hand. It is hard to restore. Just when you think you have overcome the breach, there is a little stab of remembrance that sends doubt into your heart."

Most all of us at some point in life have dealt with the pain and humiliation, messy fallout and often long-term consequences of a broken trust. For some it's been from life's closest human relationship, marriage. We consider a friend whose wife was unfaithful and eventually left him for another man. He's now seeking to rebuild his life and that of his young children.

For others the broken trust has been a friendship, work matter or a church relationship. If you have been so blessed to have never experienced a broken trust from a close relationship in life just expand your circle to include businesses, politicians and so forth.

Our world is filled with broken people which is so often a direct result of a broken trust, whether it goes back to our childhood or from an adult relationship(s). Lives come unraveled, hearts are broken, and hope is shattered.

But God offers healing for broken lives since "He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds" as the broken put their trust in Him.

In contrast to the broken trusts we experience in this world we serve a God who never breaks His trust. He is ever trustworthy, dependable and keeps every covenant or promise He makes, for "God keeps every promise He makes".

In Psalm 89 He made a promise to David that his kingdom would never end. And of course when the Son of God, born of the tribe of David, became the incarnate Christ, "The angel told Mary, And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His ancestor David. And He will reign over Israel forever; His kingdom will never end!" (Luke 1:32,33).

None of us knows when we will experience a broken trust, but if we rest on God’s promises, we’re reminded that He is faithful in helping us to overcome every heartache that comes our way. He is ever-trustworthy so let us keep our focus on the eternal covenant that will never be broken. And let us also commit to being trustworthy.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, in a world filled with broken trusts resulting in broken lives, how comforted we are to know that You keep every promise You make. You heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds. You call us to Yourself, poor and needy, bruised and broken by the fall, and You stand ready to save us. We must doubt no more but fully trust You on the merit of the sinless blood which was
shed for us through the death of Your Son, Jesus. We confess our brokenness and celebrate Your wholeness as we serve You in Your kingdom that is eternal. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Faith To Be Strong"  Video  Andrew Peterson

"Faithful One"  Video   Brian Doerksen

"The Broken Ones"  Video  The Talley Trio

"Jesus Saves"  Video  Booth Brothers & Collingsworth Family

"Come Ye Sinners"  Video  Todd Agnew

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