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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, January 4, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Our heavenly Father never makes promises he won’t keep. Nevertheless his plan may take more time than we expect. Rather than acting like impatient children as we wait for God’s will to unfold, we need to have confidence in God’s perfect time and wisdom. (NLT)
Romans 8:24-28 – Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Tandy Balson’s (Alberta Canada) story is titled “NOT WHAT I’D PLANNED;” here is Tandy’s story:
“A job I had once enjoyed had become very unpleasant. The atmosphere was full of tension, and I didn’t know what to do about it. One morning I prayed, leaving the whole situation in God’s hands. The next day, I lost my job. Obviously, this was not the solution I had anticipated, and I became concerned about finances. Even so, I felt a strange sense of peace, a sense that somehow this was the answer to my prayer. Whenever anxious thoughts returned, I would pray again, and the peace of God would calm my fears.
“Through this experience, I learned to trust God. Eventually I was offered a much better job and found peace in knowing God had been present through it all. Now when the worries of life come, I remember the time God answered my prayer in a much different way than I had hoped for, and my peace returns.
“God cares for each of us and will bring us what is best for us. We need only to pray and to trust God and then act on God’s nudgings.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – In all situations, God is working.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to release everything in our lives into your loving care. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO IS UNEMPLOYED
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