Today’s Truth

I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.

Psalm 138:2

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I love money-back guarantees. We once bought a car to replace a van that had 125,000 miles on it. Our first vacation in the new car was a disaster. We began having trouble the very first day. On our way home, we stopped in four different cities, trying to find a mechanic who could repair the car. No one could explain or even find the problem. Needless to say, we were not happy campers. But when we returned home and contacted the dealership, we were told that because of the guarantee on the car, we could get our money back or trade it in for another one. Loved. It.

Did you know that there is a money-back guarantee on every promise of God? Here it is in Psalm 138:2: “I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.”

If God backs every promise in His Word, why do we find it so hard to experience true peace and contentment in our lives?

I know life can be hard. Some of you are in so much pain that it is hard to breathe. But God knows where you are and what you are going through – and you really can trust Him. The apostle Paul had a firm grip on this truth when he wrote these words:

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:11b-12, NIV).

Paul understood and lived by the truth that God is constantly at work in and around us, monitoring every step we take. Paul examined every circumstance, understanding that it had already passed through His Father’s hands with His permission. God came through for Paul, and He will come through for you.

To find real security and contentment, we must learn to search for the handprints of God in the daily circumstances of life.

Paul had every right to be angry with God. After all, Paul had been faithful. He had given up much and endured great pain. And yet the undercurrent theme of this passage is gratitude. It is an attitude chosen by Paul. It is a learned perspective. In this verse, “learned” implies that Paul was educated by experience. In other words, Paul is saying that all of his experiences in life, good and bad, have become his tutor in contentment.

The word “content” can best be defined as “contained.”

Are you ready? Because this truth can slam into your heart and mind and, if you let it, will change the way you see every trial from this moment on!

Paul trained himself to focus on his inner resources rather than the outward circumstances of life. He chose to be grateful. He chose to praise God – period. We hear his determination in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 when he says, “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Gratitude not only brings contentment, it brings perseverance and produces strength. God entrusts trials to us, giving us the opportunity to choose gratitude. It is easy to practice gratitude when the seas are calm and the skies are clear. The real test of gratitude is when it makes absolutely no logical sense for us to be grateful.

In Africa there is a fruit called the “taste berry.” When eaten it changes a person’s taste buds so that everything tastes good and sweet. Gratitude is the “taste berry” in our spiritual lives. When our hearts are filled with gratitude, we will find contentment.

Choose to practice gratitude.

Gratitude is wrapped around trust and contains the element of acceptance. Gratitude understands that God is sovereign and that His ways are not our ways. There will be times when we find it impossible to understand His process, but we can always trust His heart. Remember, there is a money-back guarantee on every promise of God.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You, confessing that I tend to have a heart that is filled with whining and complaining instead of gratitude. Please forgive me. Help me learn to see Your hand at work in my life. I want to trust You even when I don’t understand my circumstances. Right now, I choose to praise You, Lord.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

By faith, accept the truth that God is always at work in your life and thank Him for His steadfast provision. Look back over the last few days, weeks and months of your life. Praise Him for the things He has done.

Identify the people or things in your life that you tend to think of and rely upon as sources of security and contentment.

Read Proverbs 3:5-6. What are the steps listed in this passage that will produce contentment?

What hedges of protection can you put in place today that will prepare you to face tomorrow with security and contentment?

More from the Girlfriends

Many of us are constantly looking for something “better.” What is the secret of contentment? Check out Mary’s MP3 download The Secret of Contentment for steps you can take to experience satisfaction and joy each and every day. Be sure to connect with Mary through email or on Facebook.

4 Responses to “God’s Money-Back Guarantee”

  1. Melody says:

    Thank you sooo much for this, Mary. I always relate best to your devotionals and again this one hit a nerve.

    How does one go about not just talking “faith” and “trust in God” but rather implementing this faith. this is where I have found that I struggle and run circles around myself trying to grasp the concept. to the point where I often feel empty.

    I am not sure what I am doing wrong, I’ve been a Christian forever but can literally count on my one hand the number of times I have truly felt aligned with God.

    I pray more than once daily but I’m not even sure if I even believe my own prayers anymore…


    • linsey says:

      Melody this is exactly how i feelbut find it difficult to explain how i feel sometimes. I have been through different things over the years and God has seen me through alot of them but just when i seem to be conquering one thing something else seems to come up and knock me back. i have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks and felt i eas getting these under control then something out of the blue just spiralled it out of control that i didnt know what way i was. it is different physical symptoms that i am struggling with most at the minute and i feel that i am just complaining all the time then i feel guilty about that that i should try and be positive and trust in God and his timing. But this is where i am with you about how do you know your trusting in God and how do you know that you believe your prayers are heard and not just praying for the sake of it.

      I want to feel close to jesus more than anything and feel i have a closerrelationship with him and that i am not just reading my bible and praying out of a feeling of obligation.

      • Melody says:

        You know Linsey, u just elaborated even further on my feelings especially how u describe the way u feel you are complaining all the time it’s like the joy I feel is limited. Then my pastor says JOY is a choice- it really is I guess but the emotional battles that it takes to experience just one day of joy- exhausting. Then there’s the concept of feeling far from God, another deacon of mine plainly said the only thing that separates man from God is sin, so what is the sin that I’m harbouring(consciously oe unconsciously) that keeps me far from Him… I think my solution is prayer… prayer partner or group and a relationship with a trusted church member to act as a sort of mentor/crutch. Because I’m not a person who has many friends if any so the reality is that I need spiritual guidance… alone I will not get far. May I suggest the same for you, Linsey, it won’t hurt us to try.

  2. Jodi says:

    Last night I received word that a tragic death had occurred in a small community near where I grew up. A little 3 year old girl was brutally murdered by her parents. I choked back tears and found myself in a place I hate to be – questioning God with the ever hovering word of “Why?” I cannot stand the thought of those who are defenseless and innocent suffering. I know that Paul was older and had greater comprehension ability than this 3 year old baby. But Paul’s suffering had a why. Paul suffered so that the Lord’s name could be made famous. Paul suffered for the gospel. So why this little girl? I still find tears in my eyes this morning, but I know that her situation and her story is to inspire and challenge those of us who “know better” to answer the call to action. As I looked at the mug shots of her parents, I saw darkness and emptiness. They do not have conviction or true love because they do not have the guaranteed promise you wrote about. They do not know their Creator who has great plans for them to live a life where they will not resort to such irrational behavior. We must share this news with so many so the darkness in their heart will fill with light and the evil actions they choose (like Saul/Paul) will turn to good.

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