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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Aug
22

Better Days to Come

John Tilton

Scripture
"This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For 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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile." (Jeremiah 29:10-14)
Observation
Imagine what the Israelites that were exiled to Babylon must have been going through. Only to hear through Jeremiah's letter that God would prolong their exile to 70 years, almost a lifetime. Isn't it true that we as people are impatient most of the time, wanting what we want now? How does one react when we are told that a desert time that we may be going through will be prolonged for almost a lifetime? His word says He does not wish us harm, however, going through tough challenging desert times hurts, doesn't it?

God then gave the Israelites hope in sharing His plan for them. Although God's plan and promise of hope is clear, are we as people always able to muster up the faith to persevere during desert times, knowing the pain and sacrifice that often accompanies those times? Well, perhaps that is where faith and peace manifests itself in our lives, as we are willing to stand on His promises and word.
Application
I am definitely an impatient person always wanting to make things happen sooner then later and if not sooner, I usually try to see how I can make it sooner by taking matters into my own hands, or complaining to God as to why He let me fall into the situation or season.

Recently, I've been confronted with a number of challenging situations that have fallen into my lap; situations that I didn't cause or bring upon my family or myself.

Yet, it feels like a time of going through exile where I felt for a moment that God's hands and anointing had been take off of my life. The situation(s) aren't resolved yet as it will be a process, however, these verses help me to look forward with the hope of Christ that He does have plans for my family and I, not harm, and that we will pray with perseverance, faith and a peace that His love will provide all of our needs. In addition, whatever we do need to walk through, I know from past experience that it is through those times that God will grow us in character and heart. Then, I can love Him for promising me better days to come.
Prayer
Lord, thank you for knowing what we walk through, but more importantly, what we are capable of being led by your spirit and your plans for our lives. Please give me ears to hear your, eyes to see your ways for me and a heart to understand your will, hoping that you will provide for my needs and not let harm fall upon my family or myself. Lord I trust in your for better days to come.

Devotions for August 22

Jeremiah 28,29,30
1 John 3

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