4th October 2020

Double Booked 

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”
Psalm 133:1-3 (NIV UK)

Have you ever made the same promise to two different people? It’s easy to do this unintentionally. It’s the classic mistake of double-booking. It may have been a simple mistake, but it introduces a complex problem. You will have to choose to whom to break your promise.

Doing this can become tricky. You don’t want to play favourites and you don’t want to create tension between your two friends or in your family. There is the real risk of hurt feelings, maybe even some jealousy, not to mention damaged trust. However you slice it, double-booking can be divisive in relationships. It may be awkward for us to double-book, but it can be very painful to be on the receiving end. Even when you know it was an honest scheduling mistake, it still hurts to know your friend or loved one passed the broken promise to you.

An experience like this may make us wonder if God ever “double-books”. The Bible is full of promises the Father makes to his children. Is it possible he has over promised? Will he need to take back his promise to you in order to keep it with someone else? The answer of course is ABSOLUTELY NOT! The promises of the God of love are aimed to bring peace in all our relationships, not to divide them. Psalm 133 gathers up rich imagery from Israel’s history as a description of God’s promises kept—see above.

Our Father has no problem keeping his promises, even when he ‘double-books.’ In fact, in Jesus we find that he goes far beyond just ‘double-booking.’ He extends his promise of blessing to everyone in his Son Jesus Christ. You can rest assured that the Father’s promise to you will not be taken back by his promise to another. His glory is for all of our good. 

Prayer
Holy Father, thank you that we may trust you; that, without fail, you ‘come through’ with every promise made to us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study presented by Michelle Fleming

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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Michelle Fleming is an Elder in Grace Communion International and works in the International Home Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Media Director.

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