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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, December 29, 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 our future, His plans for us are good, 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)
Jason Huffman (Texas) titled his story “STILL LOVING AND CARING;” here is a portion of Jason’s story:
“What should have been one of the happiest days of my life ended up being one of the loneliest. Eight days before my graduation from seminary, my wife decided she didn’t want to be married any more. I felt hopeless. When I met my parents on the day before graduation, my mother gave me a card which contained the scripture quoted above.
“Jeremiah wrote this scripture to the Israelites who were exiled in Babylon to give them hope that God had not forgotten them. In my own exile, my time of loneliness and despair, the verse reminded me that I am God’s child. God still loved me and had not forgotten me.
“. . . Even in the hardest moments, God was faithful. It took two years, but I eventually found work in a church and even remarried.
“Sometimes when life doesn’t go the way we plan, we may feel that God has forgotten us. But the words of Jeremiah remind us that when we are in our own times of exile – hurt, lonely, afraid – God still loves us and cares about us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God loves me and wants good things for me.
Prayer: Holy God, thank you for loving us and wanting the best for us. Help us to trust you even when life looks bleak. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE
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