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New Life daily devotion - May 24, 2011

  • 2011 May 24


God’s Plan and Your Turbulent Times
For I know the plans I have for you”—[this is]
the Lord’s declaration—“plans for [your] welfare,
not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 

It’s an age-old riddle: Why does God allow us to endure times of uncertainty and pain? After all, since we trust that God is all-powerful, and since we trust that His hand shapes our lives, why doesn’t He simply rescue us—and our loved ones—from all hardship and pain? 

God’s Word teaches us again and again that He loves us and wants the best for us. And the Bible also teaches us that God is ever-present and always watchful. So why, we wonder, if God is really so concerned with every detail of our lives, does He permit us to endure emotions like grief, sadness, shame, or fear? And why does He allow tragic circumstances to invade the lives of good people? These questions perplex us, especially when times are tough.

On occasion, all of us face adversity, and throughout life, we all must endure life-changing personal losses that leave us breathless. When we pass through the dark valleys of life, we often ask, “Why me?” Sometimes, of course, the answer is obvious—sometimes we make mistakes, and we must pay for them. But on other occasions, when we have done nothing wrong, we wonder why God allows us to suffer.

Even when we cannot understand God’s plans, we must trust them. And even when we are impatient for our situations to improve, we must trust God’s timing. If we seek to live in accordance with His plan for our lives, we must continue to study His Word (in good times and bad), and we must be watchful for His signs, knowing that in time, He will lead us through the valleys, onward to the mountaintop.

So if you’re enduring tough times, don’t give up and don’t give in. God still has glorious plans for you. So keep your eyes and ears open . . . as well as your heart.

Every misfortune, every failure, every loss may be transformed. God has the power to transform all misfortunes into “God-sends.” - Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, even when I am discouraged, even when my heart is heavy, I will earnestly seek Your will for my life. You have a plan for me that I can never fully understand. But You understand. And I will trust You today, tomorrow, and forever. Amen


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