It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
Do you believe that God always answers our prayers? Do you believe that God knows everything about your situation? Do you believe that He is a loving and caring Heavenly Father?
When the Israelites were taken into captivity (slavery) by King Nebuchadnezzar, God instructed the prophet Jeremiah to write and send a letter to the Israelites.
The letter contained instructions on how the Israelites were to live: Build houses; plant gardens; get married; have many children, and continue to do good things. Although the Israelites were in captivity, God expected them to move forward and live a normal life.
When we are faced with trials, God’s expectations are for us to maintain our normal activities. We cannot allow ourselves to fall into depression or despondency and do nothing. We must continue to work, take care of ourselves by eating healthy and taking nature walks, maintain a peaceful and happy home, love and nurture our families, attend church, participate in recreational activities; but, most importantly we must continue to pray and believe along with studying the Word of God.
“I say this because I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will search for me, and when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me. I will let you find me.” This message is from the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-14 ERV
God desires for us to do our part by remaining faithful; it is not an impossible task for us to believe in his power. If God said it, then he will do it.
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
Reflect on being held in captivity; yet, God still making provisions to live a normal life, and giving His promise for a brighter future.
We are spiritual Israel! Our present lives include social and political injustices, the threat of losing or never having religious liberty, unemployment, death, and other hardships. These conditions may be present throughout our lifetime; however, God is always with us and we have His promise for a brighter future: Eternal life.
Do you believe that God will keep His promises? Oh yes, He can never fail or go back on His word, just keep looking to our heavenly Father because He doeth all things well.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We believe that you will continue to take care of us, no matter our present circumstances. Please help us to remain faithful and encouraged because you love us and you will always do what you said you will do. We believe. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019