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The appeal of Fortune Cookies

 

What is the appeal of fortune cookies? Some might like the taste, but I doubt we all do. I certainly don’t reach for one because it represents a culinary masterpiece, especially after feasting on the Asian delicacies that preceded it! 

However, the distribution of fortunes cookies and the anticipation of reading the messages they contain are well loved traditions. Young and old, take part in deciding who gets which cookie and bickering is not unheard of if two dinners reach for the same cookie!

What makes this activity even more intellectually fascinating is the knowledge that these fortunes are mass produced and printed with no thought of the intended recipient and the fact most, of not all, of these predictions NEVER come true (I leave room for the occasional coincidence!!).

What then? Why do we all relish reading our fortune cookies?

Could it be that we are all searching for any confirmation that all will be well?

Aren’t we all keenly in need of affirmations and reassurance that no harm will befall us and that our hopes and dreams will be fulfilled?

What if I told you I have a better source for these reassurances, one that cannot fail us?

Don’t believe me?

Read these 100% fool proof guaranteed promises that surpass what any fortune cookie can provide:

 

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”              Deuteronomy 31:8.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6.

 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14.

 “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.

 “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13.

Because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13: 5-6.

 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10.

 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4.

 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us.” Romans 8:31.

Do you now believe me?

See? I told you!

Whenever you are in doubt, instead of reaching for a fortune cookie, reach for this collection of comforting and reassuring Bible promises and remember to whom we belong.

Blessed New Year, dear readers, may all these verses guard you in 2024.

In Christ,

Mireille

Orthodox Resources about this topic: Where is God in times of trouble?

Other articles you might enjoy: New Year’s Solutions

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