Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, July 6, 2014

He Knows Your Tomorrow

Imagine waking up in a foreign land, a captive of your enemies. You hear a prophet declaring God’s will for your long-term stay in the area. He says to settle down, build houses, start families, and pray for the welfare of the people within the enemy territory. He concludes with God’s proclamation about a return to your homeland in 70 years. Then he adds God’s announcement of good plans and a hope for your future (Jeremiah 29:4-14). What is your reaction? 

This scenario really happened back in 586 B. C. when Judah was taken captive by Babylon. God through Jeremiah told the people to settle down and plan on staying for a while. True to His word, God worked within the powers and authorities of the land and Judah returned to their homeland to rebuild after 70 years. The Sovereign Lord knew what would happen to His people. He knew their tomorrow. Did they trust Him with their future?

I wonder how many Israelites followed the Lord’s instructions and how many fought His perfect plan. Their situation looked grim and yet God issued an opportunity to survive and thrive. With their familiar surroundings destroyed many miles away, God offered provision for their present time and plans for their future lives. 

Are you in a situation where life seems hopeless? Maybe you’re dealing with the death of a loved one or the agony of having a prodigal child. Possibly you have no job or your job provides no real purpose for your life, only a paycheck. Perhaps you live in fear for your life or you’re experiencing complete aloneness. Whatever your circumstance, all is not hopeless. HOPE abounds in the God who created you, died to save you, arose to abide with you, and loves you with a merciful love. His name is Jesus. Is He trustworthy; can you trust Him with your life?

Yes, our Lord and Savior is most definitely trustworthy. His Word reminds us of His reliability. Meditate on His truths and apply them to your situation. Prayerfully submit yourself to His ways and trust His good plans for your life. Know that He knows your tomorrow.

Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 2 Samuel 7:28 (NIV)

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7 (NIV)

The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. Psalm 111:7 (NIV)

All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for I am being persecuted without cause. Psalm 119:86 (NIV)

The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. Psalm 119:138 (NIV)

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. Psalm 145:13 (NIV)

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain. 

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be. 

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-16, 17-18 (NIV)

“When I awake, I am still with you.” What a comforting thought—He is always available. God is with us and His word tells of His faithfulness. Our Sovereign Lord is in control of our lives whether we believe it or not. 

The Omnipotent God knows your every move as well as His own plans for your daily life. He knows your tomorrow. He is faithful. Trust Him with your future.

In prayer I surrender to You, O mighty God:

Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts. 
See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)     AMEN!

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