Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Reflections, from March 2010…
PEACE be unto you!
“The Spirit also makes us sure that we will be given what God has stored up for his people. Then we will be set free, and God will be honored and praised.” (Ephesians 1:14)
“Gary, remember God may never bless you when you want him to but he’s always on time,” my good friend Sue White reminded on more than one occasion. I am writing this verse from Louisville, Kentucky at the house of our youngest son who has just experienced a divorce I have conveyed the same message to him.
“I will bless you with a future filled with hope–a future of success, not of suffering. You will turn back to me and ask for help, and I will answer your prayers. You will worship me with all your heart, and I will be with you and accept your worship. Then I will gather you from all the nations where I scattered you, and you will return to Jerusalem.” (Jeremiah 29:11 – 29:14) In order to really understand what God is saying you need to think about what it says behind the scenes. For instance in order to be blessed with hope there must be hopelessness and where there is a future of success there needs to be a certain amount of failure.
For me God is acknowledging that in life there is hopelessness, there is pain, there is brokenness, our faith does falter, there is failure, and we do fall but in spite of those programmed-into-life-adversities God will have the last word and that last word is, “…I will answer your prayers… I will be with you…” And my friends that isn’t good news that is GREAT NEWS! And you can take that into your day with you!
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
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