Have you ever struck a deal with God and then wished you hadn’t?
It’s understandable. In desperate circumstances people will try anything, of course they’ll pray to God, they’ll promise Him their life ever after if He only does one critical thing for them.
The Israelites struck a deal with God. They would follow Him and live by His laws in return for his favour. They agreed that any manner of disasters were permitted to befall them if they reneged on their promise. But as time went on, they started backing away from their end of the bargain.
And so disasters came.
One wonders why they ever agreed to such a promise in the first place. Was the favour of God worth so much, that it made sense to commit themselves completely to Him and burn their bridges?
The thing is, deep down they knew it was. That's why they did it.
The reason you struck a deal with God in that moment of desolation was not simply because you had nothing left to lose, but because deep down, you knew you could trust Him with your life.
Since then you’ve taken it back from Him, you’ve doubted Him, and you’ve worried about the cost of being a Christian.
But Jesus said “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17:33)
That one small miracle was an earnest of God’s good intentions for you. Don’t be afraid even after all this time, to give Him your whole life, like you said you would.
When the Israelites remembered their deal with God and repented, He drew them to Him again with open arms. He blessed them and rebuilt their lives the way He had intended to before. And He will do the same for you.