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Here is the Daily Dose for Friday, November 20, 2020.
Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9
Some Exclusions May Apply
Unlike most people who have stories of their first car being a hoopty, I was lucky. Growing up in New York City, you didn’t need a car, so I didn’t get my first car until much later in life. I was good and grown, had a job, and I would be paying the note myself, so there was no way I was buying a hoopty. I wanted something nice, and more importantly new with a warranty. Because it was my first car, I wanted to make sure that if something went wrong with it, I could take it back to the dealer, and they would fix it. It was in the course of signing all of the many documents that one has to sign to purchase a car that I learned a precious lesson about warranties, “Some Exclusions May Apply.”
When they told me it was a bumper-to-bumper warranty, I said, “Great, now no matter what, it is your problem.” That’s is when the person I was working with pointed to this paragraph at the end of the warranty that pointed out the things that would void the warranty. It seems that if I failed to properly maintain the car, that would void the warranty. Also, if I made certain modifications to the car, that would void the warranty. Also, if I used the car in certain unspecified ways, that too would void the warranty. After all of that, I was a little discouraged about my warranty, but my dealer made a good point. She said, “It’s a great warranty because if you do your part, we will absolutely do our part.”
Often times we forget just like we have to do our part with a car to keep the warranty in effect, we have to do our part with God to keep receiving the blessings of God. While all we need is faith to be connected to God, the blessings of God come by following his will and his way. You can’t expect blessings if you live outside of his will, add things to his way, or don’t keep living by faith in his commands. Yet, God is always faithful. He always reminds us that when we do our part, he will always do his part. But God is greater than a warranty because even when we make mistakes, his grace is all we need.