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Unpack Your Bags

Rejection is a dreadful thing, and living in fear of being rejected is even worse, constantly waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop. When a person has been scarred by a lifetime of rejection it can be just about impossible for them to believe that there could really be someone out there who will never ever reject them, never leave or forsake them. Today’s devotional shares a powerful picture of the love that will not reject us or let us go.

“Jimmy Wayne never knew his father. His mom spent more time in prison than out. When he was twelve years old, she was released from jail”and took up with a troublemaker. They loaded Jimmy into the backseat of the Olds Delta 88, and for a year the car was his home. “It had bench seats and smelled like body odor,” remembers Jimmy. They drove from city to city, avoiding the police.

After miles of drifting they dumped Jimmy in the parking lot of a Pensacola, Florida, bus station and drove off. He was thirteen years old. He had no home. No future. No provision. One day while wandering through a neighborhood, he spotted an older man who was at work in a garage wood shop.

He approached the elderly gentleman and asked if the man had any read more


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Unpack Your Bags

Today’s devotional by Max Lucado – reposted from Devotionals Daily – assures us that we are safe with God. We may leave His family, but He will never kick us out. We can walk in peace knowing we have a forever home.

“… Maybe you question your place in God’s family. You fear His impending rejection. You wrestle with doubt-lacedjohn-10-28-400x400questions: Am I really in God’s family? What if God changes His mind? Reverses His acceptance? Lord knows, He has reason to do so. We press forward only to fall back. We renew our resolve only to stumble again.

We wonder, Will God turn me out?

Boyfriends do. Employers do. Coaches kick players off the team. Teachers expel students from school. Parents give birth to children and abandon them at bus stations. How do we know God won’t do the same? What if he changes His mind about us? After all, He is holy and pure, and we are anything but. Is it safe to unpack our bags?

God answered this question at the Cross. When Jesus died, the heavenly vote was forever cast in your favor and mine. He declared for all to hear, “This child is my child. My covenant will never change.”

Promised Land people read the entire devotional here

(c) 2016 Max Lucado Used with Permission