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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, May 4, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
We’re all encouraged by a leader who stirs us to move ahead, someone who believes we can do the task he has given and who will be with us all the way. God is that kind of leader. He knows the future, His plans for us are good, full of hope. This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship, but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion.
According to God’s wise plan, his people were to have a future and a hope; consequently, they could call upon him in confidence. Although the exiles were in a difficult place and time, they need not despair because they had God’s presence, the privilege of prayer, and God’s grace. If we seek him wholeheartedly, he will be found. Neither a strange land, sorrow, persecution, nor physical problems can break our fellowship with God. (NLT)
Jeremiah 29:11-13 – For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you fill find me when you seek me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and bring you home again to your own land.”
I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. –Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)
Marion Young (Texas) titled her story “CREATED FOR A PURPOSE;” here is Marion’s story:
“I am only four feet seven inches tall. In kindergarten, I was constantly teased about my height. The ugly words troubled me. One day I asked God, ‘Why did you make me so small?’
“Now I am a special education teacher who specializes in teaching students with impaired vision. Early in my work as a specialist, the school wanted to place a student who was blind into a kindergarten class with sighted children. I would assist him as the classroom teacher gave instruction to the whole class. This had never been done before.
“On his first day of kindergarten I led Carlos to the carpet and sat beside him. As the kindergarten teacher greeted the class I whispered to him, ‘I’m right here.’ A spiritual insight surged through me. God was saying, ‘For this purpose I created you.’
“Being small was perfect: I fit into the tiny chars and at the learning stations. I taught Carlos to read Braille and helped him achieve success in grade after grade until he graduated from high school. With God’s help, I was able to teach students with special needs for 20 years. I am thankful that the Lord used me, all four feet seven inches, to achieve great deeds.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God has a purpose for me.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to trust your design. Thank you for helping us to persevere. Amen.
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