11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Okay, I KNOW the Word of God is TRUTH! I tell you, though, when life just gets frustrating, I far too often lose sight of the essential fact that our Lord is ALWAYS in control!
Today, I intended on writing about our new class of youngsters in swimming. I was working with this blasted laptop not wanting to cooperate and with my door opened so the nice Summer air could fill the house, I’ve heard some goofball outside making the most annoying noise, sounding like those little firecracker poppers, every few seconds for the past 15 minutes. Perhaps I should look at all of this as maybe not the hindrances I noticed, but God’s direction to His particular verse in Jeremiah!
I could get up and shut the door, but I would have to turn on the light so I wouldn’t trip over my dog, turn on the air conditioning so the house would not get stuffy and hope that I didn’t accidentally press “send” as I have way too many times, before the devotional is finished!
Sadly, I even had an attitude with the Lord, explaining that I was trying to do something I thought He wants me to do, so why then, had He allow the task so difficult. He quickly brought to mind the verse in Jeremiah.
The Lord’s plans and ours are so far apart sometimes, guess which I perfect and right, not yours or even my own. Being the youngest of six, my ideas were scarcely considered. As an adult, I would determine MY plans and bring them to fruition!
That stubbornness has caused more strife than I care to admit! Once I recognize that it is the Lord Who ordains my day and it is the Creator Who sets my feet on the path He wants me to follow, I understand and appreciate His perfect will for my life. From the smallest detail to the most spectacular events I will ever experience, is all under His righteous command.
The enemy wants to unravel, to entangle us in our own self-pity and selfish pursuits. Our pride and ego grasps at a reward he cannot fulfill. Our only true and certain investment should be our obedience to the Lord and yielding to His will.
Our Heavenly Father
Please forgive us when we want our own way
Remind us that Your Way is right and perfect
You knit us together in our mother’s womb
From before we were who we are, You knew us
Every mistake we would make
Every wrong decision
You foreknew and in Your wisdom
Created us anyway
We give You praise, God
For the blessing You Are
For the birth, death and resurrection of our Savior
Thank You that You are unchanging
That Your Word is Truth
Please give us wisdom to seek and follow Your will
Glory be to You forever and ever
In the Name of Jesus
God the Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Scripture
Encouragement of family and friends
Experiences, personal and those from the Word and others
Ability to share God’s Word
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