SCRIPTURE FROM: Jeremiah 29:11-13 (VOICE)
TEXT: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that. 12 At that time, you will call out for Me, and I will hear. You will pray, and I will listen. 13 You will look for Me intently, and you will find Me.
OBSERVATION: No doubt the people of Israel must have questioned in their minds what could God possibly be up to, in having them fall under the reign of Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. However, God wanted them to know that this was all a part of His long-range plan… for their ultimate good. Knowing that we each have questioned God at some point in our lives, perhaps we should meditate on this for a while today.
APPLICATION: As I read this Scripture, my mind went on a good old song written by Bill Gaither, entitled ‘Joy Comes In The Morning’. I’m sure that everyone that might come across this devotional could easily remember the times when you’ve felt so alone and where total darkness seemed to have filled your life. Knowing that Jesus promised that He would never leave us or forsake us, I hope that you called out to Him in desperation during those times, knowing that God gave us ‘hope’ for our future, ‘joy’ when the morning comes, and great expectation as we look towards the future that He has prepared for us in heaven where we will spend eternity with He and His Father! Friends, if you know God and have accepted Him personally into your life, then you can enjoy the benefits of the plans that God has for His very own! For the people of Israel, they were going through, what must have felt like, the extreme, worst times of their lives. Try putting yourself in their shoes and think about what might bring you hope, or joy for the moment. Like us today, I’m sure that the people of Israel knew that they were making a mockery of God, by their actions, their worship of idols, their words of hatred and disregard, yes, ‘sin’ right in the face of a holy God who warned them over and over again about the things He despised. Notice that I aligned the sin of the Jews with what is going on in our world today. We also have been warned about sin, plus we have been shown the consequences of sin, and still we give in to sin every day. Will God be any less angry at us dear friends? None of us could ever imagine how a holy God, could love us enough to send His only Son as a sacrifice for us, so that we may one day join Him in heaven. It blows our mind to imagine how this kind of God could also say to us, like He did to the people of Israel, ‘but I have great plans for you my child!” I truly believe that our hearts would be a lot more content, if we learn to seek the face of our Savior each and every day. Including myself, how could we ever expect to be happy, and feel secure in the love of our Savior, when we deliberately sin in His very presence. We need Jesus friends!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You are all loving and all sufficient for our every need and our extreme weaknesses. Please hear our cry of desperation for strength to overcome, and guidance for right decisions, so that we might remain in the center of your perfect will for the plans that You have aligned for us. We absolutely need You Lord! We acknowledge that we are weak and need You in every aspect of our lives. Please help us to be more like You in every way, every day. May others see so much of Jesus in us, that they would seek You as their personal Savior as well. We absolutely stand amazed at all that You have planned for even us! AMEN!
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