No Regrets

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 11:28-32

. . . for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (v. 29)

It is still the hardest thing I have ever done. I had accepted a call to a new pastorate, but shortly thereafter, things developed that made me realize that going to that new church would be a huge mistake. I finally called them up to tell them I had changed my mind and sent off a letter that began: “I regret to inform you . . .”

We do that, don’t we? We make promises and commitments, and then we change our minds—even if it leaves others in the lurch. We may apologize profusely, but it doesn’t change the situation.

God is not like that, as he has demonstrated over and over. Whatever he promises, he will follow through, though not always right away. He promised to send a Savior, and after thousands of years, he did so—Jesus, God’s Son, our Redeemer. He promised salvation to his original people, the Jews, and he is fulfilling that promise. He promises to save everyone who believes, and each time someone commits to Jesus, he or she receives salvation as a gift.

“The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.” God will never write a letter that begins, “I regret to inform you . . .” He is totally dependable.


Thank you, God, for your absolute dependability, which serves as a foundation for my life. Amen.