Devotional Readings

The Future Is in God’s Hands

“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 hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11, NIV.

New Year’s Day dawned bright and beautiful, but I was feeling sad–in fact, depressed. “Please help me, God!” I cried.

I hate to feel this way, I thought, but I do.

I knew I needed to do something, so I opened my cupboard to look for something to do. A printed page fell from the top of the cupboard as if it were a message from heaven. It was titled, “The Comfort of His Presence.” I was amazed as I picked it up and read, “If at the moment you feel so deep ‘in the valley’ that life is a misery and holds little meaning, in simple faith place your hand into the hand of God, reaffirm your faith in Him who cares for you, and even in your depression you will realize the abiding presence of God. Before facing any problem you will find it most helpful to concentrate your mind upon one of the Gospel stories where Jesus deals with a specific human problem. Capture the spirit of the story, then, in the spirit, turn to your own problem. You will find that God and you are looking at the problem together, and when this happens, the solution is not far away”–Anonymous.

Someone has said that “Advice is like castor oil: Easy to give to others but difficult to take yourself.” Yes, it’s easy to give others advice, but when our bag of problems seems too heavy, we still try to carry it ourselves.

I’m so glad God is always there. He never changes. He is the One and only constant in life, and the only One in whom we can place our reliance to see us through when days are dark.

As you live one day at a time throughout this New Year, put your trust in God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

I felt like a blind person groping in the dark, but with Jesus at my side I knew I could make it; He knows the way. Let Him be your constant companion. He knows what is best for us. He will comfort and protect us and give us hope.

“Days of darkness still may meet me, sorrow’s path I oft may tread;
But His presence still is with me, by His guiding hand I’m led”

May you enjoy a happy year, and may God’s peace be with you, my sister and my friend.

–Priscilla Adonis

from A Word from Home
Ardis Stenbakken (editor) | Review & Herald (2005)
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