Monday, September 16, 2019

The Kitchen Table Day 35

“For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear 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 I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. Jeremiah 29: 10-14

I’m not sure why but it seems we often must lose everything before we can gain anything. I think that’s probably our plan, not God’s. But He waits for us with plans that are good and not evil. He has plans for a future and a hope. We don’t just wait around wallowing in our disbelief and disobedience and find God’s will. God says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” When things aren’t what they should be or could be, seek God for what can be. There’s something about prayer that changes us, renews our head and our hope. When we learn to walk with God in prayer we will begin to see and discover the power and the promises of God personally. It’s too bad that too many of us neglect prayer until we’re in peril and poverty. God has great big plans for us, and we find out what those plans are as we spend time walking and talking with Him along the way.

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