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New Life Daily Devotion - Jan. 22, 2010

  • 2010 Jan 22
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Hope in God
Jeremiah 17:5-8

We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.

We may have learned a long time ago that hoping only brings disappointment. Our hopes were dashed. The promises we believed were broken. We were left feeling like fools for ever hoping in the first place. But perhaps we were devastated because we put our hope in the wrong place.

"The LORD says: 'Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit'_" (Jeremiah 17:5-8).

Turning our lives over to God includes placing our hope in him, even if people have disappointed us. When we place all of our hope in other people, it's like expecting a tree to flourish in a barren desert. Our thirst continues, and they are unable to satisfy our deepest needs. Placing our hope in God changes everything. Jesus said, "The water I give . . . becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life" (John 4:14). When our hope is in God, and our lives in his care, we are sustained when we otherwise would be devastated.

If we put our trust and hope in God, we will never be let down.

 
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