God's Promises Are True.


"Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection." - Proverbs 30:5


This was the best deal ever!

For the last six summers up until the pandemic, I've done missions in Jamaica. My team and I host a vacation bible school (VBS) for the kids in a small community in Kingston.

When VBS is over, we usually do an excursion. Work hard, explore hard!

We've done some memorable things in the past—like road-tripping through almost the entire island and getting massages in the St. Thomas mineral bath.

One year, a few of us decided to take a day trip to Ocho Rios. We found a taxi driver who agreed to take us there for only $25 round trip.

Now, Ocho Rios is almost two hours away from Kingston. The driver agreed to stay with us all day and drive us back when we were ready to leave—all for $25! 🙌

Sounds too good to be true, right? We clarified with the driver that it was $25 for the entire trip, not $25 per person.

Even if he charged us $25 per person, it was a great deal because the bus costs $36 per person round trip. We truly felt blessed.

The trip to Ocho Rios was perfect. We went to the beach, took a boat ride, went shopping in the craft market, and had some amazing island food.

A few times during the day, I questioned why the driver was willing to stay with us all day for only $25. I mean, we did pay for his lunch and dinner, but something wasn't adding up to me.

We got back to Kingston around 8 pm that night. There were four of us, so we each owed $6.25 for the transportation but decided to put in $10 each. We gave the driver a total of $40—fifteen dollars more than he asked.

And that's when my gut feeling proved right.

"What's this?" The driver asked. "You owe me $25,000." He meant $25,000 in Jamaican currency, which is about $196.

We all looked at each other with a blank stare.

"$25,000?" one of the ladies I was with responded. "You said 25 USD round trip!"

"No, 25 USD there and 25 back.”

"Okay, that's fine, so we only owe you $10 more," I chimed in to settle the confusion.

"No, $25,000 total."

The debate with the driver went back and forth for about 10 minutes, and we realized that the driver did the bait-and-switch on us—Jamaican style. He wanted $196, and we had to pay it.

We got hustled.

I'm sure you've probably heard someone say what seems too good to be true, probably is. In many situations(like the one that happened to us), I would agree.

But with God, that statement is always false. We may get hustled and deceived by fallible people, but God will never deceive us.

"Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection." - Proverbs 30:5

His words and promises are true. And if we stand boldly in them, He will see us through all our trials.

It's okay to have doubts, but don't stop there. Bring your doubts to God in prayer, and seek answers in the Word.

Team Jesus may often be an unpopular team, but it's the only team that isn't an illusion of something true. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Keep trusting Him. He won't let you down.

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- Mags