Devotional notes submitted by Dr. Cath Thorlakson, Addictions Counselor
“‘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 a hope and 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 for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you’, declares The Lord, ‘and I 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 where I carried you into exile’. – Jeremiah 29:11-13
These verses speak to me of hope and restoration that God promises and then powerfully acts upon. There is despair, but in the end, God ACTS upon HOPE! He doesn’t just make us feel hopeful, HE MAKES HOPE HAPPEN! The reason we have reason to hope is because we have an active hope-FULFILLING God!
Think about the story of Ruth (chapters 1-4)… this seems like a sad story with no hope; but God comes through and provides. Not only does He provide Ruth a husband, but He makes her a descendent of Jesus the Messiah! Wow! We can all be thankful for the Lord’s hope because He makes hope happen in a very BIG way!
Recently I read a section of Our Daily Bread. The title was ‘From bleak to beautiful. The story of Job.”
“The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” —Job 42:12..
At 50 years old, when the career is starting to feel stagnant, or after losing what feels to you like everything, or when you just can’t overcome something – remember that nothing is too hard for The Lord.
So we can say “Lord, I believe. Please help my unbelief”. (Mark 9:24)
And of course, He evens helps us with that!