Plans for good, not for disaster

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

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, and his plans for us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides our agenda and goes with us as we fulfill his mission, we can have boundless 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. (NLT)

Jeremiah 29:10-14 – “The truth is that you will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 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 will 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,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Kathy Morgan (Maryland) titled her story “MARVEL AT GOD’S LOVE;” here is a portion of Kathy’s story:

“I have been going through many challenges recently, and I am trusting that God will help me. But sometimes doubt creeps in, and I feel overwhelmed or helpless. . . . Why can’t I be a superhero? Why can’t I have superpowers that I can use to save millions of lives, to right all wrongs, and to bring justice to the world? As soon as I asked these questions the answers came to me. We are all superheroes! Our faith is our armor, our unique talents are our powers, and our strength is our God!

“Each day God presents us with opportunities to right wrongs by sharing Christ’s love, to save lives by acting with kindness and compassion, and to bring justice by spreading God’s word. Our actions may not seem as big or as bold as those of the superheroes on TV. We may never know if our actions renew someone’s faith or if our compassion rekindles someone’s hope. We may never know whether we are an answer to someone’s prayer. But as today’s reading assures us, God has a plan for us. Embracing daily opportunities to help others can be a big part of that plan.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What “superpowers” has God given me to help the world?

Prayer: Dear God, help us always to trust you and your never-failing love for us. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE FEELING HELPLESS

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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