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5 Promises for the Graduate

May 29, 2015 by

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Dear Graduate,

Congratulations on your achievement!

I don’t doubt that you have worked long and hard for this day and that you have anticipated the moment of your graduation with fervor, awe, exhaustion, and perhaps a bit of trepidation.

I don’t know what plans you have.

You might have the perfect internship lined up, perhaps you are already working at your dream job, or maybe you have no idea what tomorrow holds in terms of your future career.

Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, there is one thing I can promise you.

The future is uncertain.

There are lyrics from a song that say, “The only thing that stays the same is change.”

There is a lot of truth to that statement. While it doesn’t bring me much comfort to know that there is little in this life we can count on, it does bring me incredible peace in knowing there is One in this life on Whom we can always count on.

You see, our God doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

His promises never fail.

His love never ends.

While you may not know the certainty of your future, you can be certain of the One who holds your future in His hands.

I hope that you can count on your education, your job, and your salary. I hope that you find prosperity in everything that you set out to do. I really do wish you all the best.

What I really hope, however, is that your faith is placed in the promises of God and all that He has planned for your life.

For…

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” –Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

Here are some things you can be certain of, however.

Cling to these truths.

Allow them to shape your heart and direct your steps. The only things you can be sure of in this world come from the One who created it and you.

Here are the promises of God that will never fail you:

 

1. When you seek God, you will find Him.

My Pastor asked a very important question in his message recently. He said, “If you feel far from God, who do you think left?”

We’ve all felt far from God at certain times, haven’t we?

The beauty is that it is never because He has moved away from us. It is always because we have removed ourselves from communion with Him.

We might just be busy or we might be trying to forget that He exists because life is easier when we go our own way, right? (At least that’s what we think at the time. It’s only in hindsight that we realize how very untrue this is!)

“And you will seek Me and find me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” –Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV)

Never believe the lie that you are too far gone for God to bring you back.

Don’t think that you are anything but loved, cherished, and ever so precious in His sight.

Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that you need to be better before you can enter into His presence. That isn’t even possible. He loves you more at this moment than you could possibly imagine.

Run into His arms. He is waiting for you…

broken,

hurting,

imperfect.

It doesn’t matter to Him.

He is waiting with arms wide open for you to come to Him today – right where you are. Surrender your life to Him and He will make will make you into the person He created you to be.

 

2. He will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that when we acknowledge and trust in Him rather than in our own understanding, He will direct our paths.

It’s far too easy to trust in our own wisdom and think that we know what paths we ought to take. We must learn, however, to surrender our wills and our plans until they converge with His for only then can we have the confidence to forge ahead knowing that He is with us.

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’ Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. –Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)

Would you let Him lead the way?

 

3. His plans for you are always good.

I’m sure that the plans you have for yourself are plans for your good, but can you imagine how much better they would be if you could see everything about the future?

God can.

We often forget that our eyesight is very limited and our foreknowledge of the future is nonexistent.

It isn’t that way with God which is the very reason He should be the one steering the ship.

Would you hand over the reins to the God who knows all?

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” –Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

 

4. God is working ALL things out for our good.

I’m not going to tell you that the future promises to be a bed of roses. You’re a graduate; I won’t insult your intelligence or your life experience.

This life is hard.

Bad things happen.

But God is good.

He is love.

And He is working in your life – in the good and especially in the bad.

The enemy would love nothing more than for you to believe that God doesn’t care about you or that He isn’t powerful enough to keep awful things from happening.

The truth is that our Heavenly Father is like the father who walks along the path with his child when she trips and falls. He holds her in his arms when she cries, kisses her boo-boo, and cleanses her wound. He didn’t cause her to fall. He was just there to help her when she did.

He is there to help us when we fall.

And even when it hurts, He is using it for good. We can’t always know His ways at the time, but we can always look back and see His hand guiding us out of the bad and into the good.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:28 (NIV)

 

5. He will never leave you.

People will fail us.

Our plans will sometimes leave us wanting.

Life will hand us our fair share of disappointments, losses, and regrets.

For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ –Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

Graduate, I can’t make any promises to you about how your life will turn out except for one thing. I can promise you that God’s Word is true. His voice can be trusted. His love cannot be taken from you.

If you place your future in His hands, nothing but good can come of it. There is simply nothing this world can throw at you that God doesn’t already know about.

Congratulations on your achievement! I couldn’t be more proud of you.

I pray that your degree, your education, your work, and your income pave the way for a lifetime of success and happiness.

What I pray for more, however, is that you will invite the God of the universe to lead the way – for your good and for His glory.

This post is dedicated to my beautiful cousins, N and K. I love you both so much more than you know.

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12 Responses to 5 Promises for the Graduate

  1. Grace Esedeke

    This is so encouraging. I feel like I needed to hear this when I graduated, however, I am going to share this with my friends.
    His promises are yea and amen. They never fail.. it may take time, but I have seen that God always come through for His people no matter what.
    Congratulations graduands–run with this promises…
    Thank Ma for this encouragement.
    Blessings to you.

    • Heather

      Thanks so much for your encouragement, Grace! His promises are yea and amen! May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing.

  2. Ifeoma Samuel

    These encouragement is also for me even if I did graduate years ago but it comes in very handy in life at any stage.
    God Bless friend

    • Heather

      I’m so glad you found this encouraging. As I was writing it, I was thinking about how it does apply to each of us every single day – not just at graduation time. Blessings to you and yours, my friend.

  3. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    This is so wonderful and so encouraging Heather.

    My little brother is 18 years younger than me. This November he will graduate from University. I can’t believe it! Where did the time go?! I remember changing his diapers and it seems like yesterday.

    I’m stowed this post away as it will make for some wonderful card/inspirational material for him. Pinning to my Deliberate FAITH board too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    • Heather

      Thanks so much for your encouragement, Jennifer. That blesses me so.

      Congratulations to your little brother on his upcoming graduation! May the Lord continue to bless him, you, and yours! xo

  4. Bethany

    Though I’m not a graduate (recently, anyway, haha) I hope to share this with some who are -and am grateful for the encouraging reminders!! Blessings! #TestimonyTuesday

  5. Sheryl Siler

    Well said. With having my first graduate this year this really made me tear up again. So proud of him, I know he loves the Lord and the Lord loves him. I love your words to the graduate.

    • Heather

      Congratulations to your graduate! Know that he will be in my prayers. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to share some encouragement. I’m so glad you were blessed.

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