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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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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 believers 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.
God did not forget his people, even though they were captives in Babylon. He planned to give them a new beginning with a new purpose—to turn them into new people. In times of dire circumstances, it may appear as though God has forgotten you. But God may be preparing you, as he did the people of Judah, for a new beginning with him at the center. (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.”
Quoted verse: “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)
“Story” – Seth Stewart (Texas, USA) titled his story “HOPE THROUGH TRIALS;” here is a portion of Seth’s story:
“As I was growing up, my family didn’t have much. At one time, four of us had to live in a tiny college dorm while my mom was finishing her degree. Later, when we moved to a bigger house, we couldn’t afford it. As a result, our power and water would get shut off, and for weeks we’d have to ‘live like the Pilgrims’ . . . Even through these desperate times, my mother never let us forget that God was with us and watching over us. We would always ask her, ‘How can you be so sure? We don’t even have water to wash our clothes and barely any food in the kitchen!’ Then, graciously, she would respond with Jeremiah 29:11.
“This verse has carried me through many dark times in my adolescent and young-adult life. I felt assured that if God still had good plans for an exiled people who had continually rejected him, God would be faithful to me as well. Now my mother is working on her doctoral degree, and our current house overflows with prosperity and love. I have witnessed in my own life that God will never fail.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God never fails me.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you [for] being faithful and trustworthy in your promises. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO FEEL HOPELESS
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