I have a future that is no longer determined
by the poor choices of my past.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NLT)
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.
What an awesome promise from our God. Even though He was talking to the people of Israel in captivity in Babylon we can accept that God’s Word is true and applies to us today. We are all captives held by the influence of sin in our life. Jesus sets us free and teaches us how to live free.
The promise we have for a God encounter that will change our life forever is given in writing; “If you seek me earnestly, you will find me.” WOW! When we talk to God, He is always listening. The biggest challenge we have is when God doesn’t answer us the way we want Him to or in the time frame we are expecting. These two conditions, when we put them on God, an infinite being with no top, sides or bottom, who do we really think we are?
We who have been created in God's image are by design to have an intimate and personal relationship with our God, the most powerful being we will ever know. We have been chosen to participate in accomplishing God’s sovereign will upon the earth. When God gave Adam dominion and authority over the earth, in that moment even though God is already complete by Himself and does not need us, He chose to need mankind to accomplish His will on the earth.
This position from God about mankind's purpose is that we are to take dominion over creation while in an active relationship with our God and Creator. What a secure and trusting God we have. He who knows all things and is unable to learn because He already knows everything has enough confidence in His creation and His purpose that He chooses to need us, ordinary people just like you and I in order to succeed. This alone should make us sit down and rethink our part in the cosmic equation called life.
Our God has done it all for us so that we may know Him and yet He still honors and respects our choices enough to let us choose life or death. He gives us an understanding of what real and true love is about in our very own personal relationship with Him. He is forever giving someone, including our self what is needed most when the least deserving. Since God believes in us so much that He knows He can win with us on His team in the poverty stricken conditions of a fallen world, maybe we could believe more that He is for us and not against us.
Father God, I ask you this day to destroy the box I have been trying to keep you in. Please forgive my stubbornness not to learn the way You think and not accepting how You see me through Your eyes. Fill me with hope and the desire to reach out for all of you, to become everything You created me to be with You from the beginning. Please forgive me trying to get You to agree with my thinking and fulfilling my wants. Help me to surrender all of me to You in every area of my life, trusting Your plans and timing over my own. Thank You God for being such a loving and faithful God and friend to me. Amen
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?