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Bible Promises vs. Fortune Cookies

Posted: Wednesday, February 10

 Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Exodus 30:11-31:18
Matthew 26:47-68
Psalm 32:1-11
Proverbs 8:27-32 


Verse of the day:

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8)

The Bible is full of encouraging promises. People highlight them in their Bibles, post them on Facebook, and tack them to their refrigerators. It’s not surprising that a small industry has been created reprinting and reframing promises from the Bible. I’ve even discovered a Bible Promises App with searchable attributes like #Justice #Strength #Inspiration and my personal favorite #Holidays.



The danger of extracting truth is to unwittingly remove it from its natural habitat and its intended meaning. We don’t want to treat God’s word like a one sentence quotable printed with lottery numbers in a fortune cookie. Psalm 32:8, for example, sounds wonderful as a stand alone. “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.” 



The danger is that this concept sounds pretty similar to “I will help you reach the goals that you desire” or “I will make your dreams come true” or “I’ll bless whatever you want as long it makes you happy.” You can see the path unwinding. Without biblical context, we imply our own desires and rewrite scripture. Read the rest of the passage . . . 



Psalm 32:9-11 // Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!



Now it makes sense! God will surround us with love when we humble ourselves and choose His path over our own. That is the truth to live by! Seek after the promises of God. Devote yourself to understanding, and God will make His promises known to you.