Jeremiah 24:6-7 God Is Watching Over You

My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Jeremiah 24:6-7

Jeremiah was given a vision of two baskets of figs, one of which were very good, and the other was very bad. God said that the good figs were like His people who were good and followed His commands. He would watch over them, even while it captivity and bring them back to their land. God planned to build them up again, because the followed Him with all their heart.

In themselves, no person is good. Every person is filled with sin and cannot cleanse himself.  Their condition changes when they accept Jesus. He cleanses them from all sin, when they turn to Him with all of their heart.

A lot of people feel that God is only out to get them and harm them. Nothing good seems to come their way. Many will not even attempt to serve God because of the bad things that have occurred in their lives. Believers often struggle with this same challenge.

When you turn to God with all of your heart and trust Jesus for cleansing of your sin, God is more than willing to cleanse you. He will then watch over you to build you up, not tear you down. God will use the hardships of this life to make you into the person He wants you to be.

As you turn to God with all of your heart, God will turn towards you. He will work at changing your heart so that you may know Him more and more. You get to know God so that you can live the way He plans for you. God has the best plans for your life and you need to trust His plans.

Do you want to stay down in the dumps, because things are not going as you planned (in exile)?

Or do you want to trust God in the dumps to build you back up in His way and in His time?

God is watching you to build you up, not tear you down.

I pray today that you will turn to God with all of your heart; that you will obey all God’s commands; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will know God is there for you.

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Isaiah 51:6 Salvation Lasts Forever

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. Isaiah 51:6

When a person is a young child, seeing someone who is in his 30s appears to be very old and been around forever. Later when the child is in his 20s, seeing a person in his 40s-50s appears to be very old and been around forever. As the child gets into his 40s-50s, those that are in their 70s are old and been around forever.

As a human being, forever is a difficult concept to understand. Humans typically live about 80 years or so and then die. Looking around some people will be older, while some will be younger. However, looking at the earth and the heavens, both are older than any human on the earth.

Looking at this world, it does appear that it has been around forever and will be here forever. The reality of it is that the heavens and the earth will be destroyed some day. All the great beauty of this world, the mountains, the lakes, the oceans, rivers, prairies, hills, and the plants of this world will be gone someday.

People like to put their trust in the things that they can see, other people, the land, the buildings, the money and most anything else. All these things will die and fade away for all eternity.

The salvation that Jesus provides will not fade away. It will last for all eternity. Believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins will get you life forever.

Instead of looking to the things of this world to provide for all of your needs, look to God. Look to what is important in light of living forever. If you will live forever, the things  you are going through today are worth nothing. These things are only a passing quick moment in eternity.

God will never fail you. His righteousness will never fail. If you have repented of your sins and believed in Jesus, you will be saved. Salvation is coming. God will not be slow in making it happen, in His time.

Hang in there till Jesus returns or calls you home, it will be worth it all.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust Jesus with your eternity; that you will not fear the present world or situations in your life; and that you will trust God to guide your life here on this earth till you step into eternity.

Psalm 55:22 Don’t Carry Your Cares

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

Caring can be something that is good, or it can be something that is bad. Caring in a way that is meeting someone or something’s need is a good thing. Caring in a way that is worrying about something or someone is the opposite of good caring.

All over the world, people are caring (worrying) about something. The level of care about something is different for each person. Some are worried about how to pay the next electricity bill, while others are caring about how they will look in an outfit at the next meeting. The list for what people care about is endless.

With many of these cares, people are shaken. They are scared that things will go from bad to worse. They are scared that the problem will only get worse.

Everyday people are faced with things that concern them, some very large, while others are small. The size of the concern is all a matter of perspective. The person who makes a six digit income does not care about the electricity bill as much as the person who is living on welfare.

Believers in Jesus need to have the correct perspective on what they care about. God is larger than the largest problem that any person could ever possibly have. He already has a plan to meet every care that a person could ever have.

You do not need to be like most of the world and get shaken about some problem or care in your life. You need to take that care and cast it onto Jesus. He is there to carry all the burdens of the world, that includes all of your burdens also.

Do not allow yourself to be shaken with fear at some care that has come up. God’s love will remove all that fear and He will sustain you through the situation.

God owns everything, so let Him carry the cares of this world. Just trust Him and obey what He tells you to do.

Don’t take on the burden of carrying all your cares, let God do it for you.

I pray today that you will trust God to care for you; that you will cast all your cares on Jesus; that you will know God’s peace in your life; and that God will not allow you to be shaken.

Job 26:14 God’s Awesome Power

And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power? Job 26:14

Job describes some of God’s mighty power and the works of His hands. Telling how God suspends the earth in space, raises storms on the sea, hangs the clouds of water in the air, and other great works. These are just the edges of God’s awesome power. Job realizes that no one can fully understand His power.

The world looks at the natural things of this world as just things that happen. They try to explain how things happen by natural means, without any external controller. Science explains why there are storms on the earth, and how gravity keeps the earth in place in space. There is no room for belief in God, because all is natural, not supernatural.

Believers, however, know that it is God who has done these great things. It is by His great power that the earth and moon were created. It is by His great power that storms start and stop.

As a believer keeps in mind that God does all these things, he also remembers that this is just the beginning of His awesome power.

The part that many believers forget is that since God is so powerful, He is also in control of things when they seem to be out of control. This is those times of trouble and suffering. In reality no one can fully understand how God can be in control of everything when everything appears to be going wrong.

The question is often asked of why does God allow all the bad things to occur when He is supposed to be in control?

How can God be in control when things are going bad?

This is where you, as a believer, must trust God’s awesome power. You are not able to understand His power and abilities, other than God can do everything. God’s way of doing things is above your ways and thinking.

If God is great enough to hold all of the things on this earth and in space in place, do you not think that He is in control of the things in your life?

God’s power is awesome, so you must trust Him in every situation in your life.

I pray today that you will see the power of God; that you will know God is in control; that you will trust in God’s abilities; and that you will praise God in His power.

Luke 19:41-42 Last Chances

“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42

Jesus was riding into Jerusalem and the people were giving Him a lot of great praise and honor. As good as everything looked on the surface, Jesus saw the inside of the hearts of the people. He started weeping because He knew that they were not really honoring Him with their full hearts. He makes the statement that they did not really know what would bring them peace.

The people thought that Jesus would be the new king who would bring them peace from their enemy, the Romans. Although Jesus would be their king, it was not to destroy the Romans. The peace that Jesus was bringing was a peace with God.

Many people thought that they were God’s chosen people. They felt they were at peace with God. Very few had really heard the scriptures and realized that they needed someone to take away their sins. Jesus now states that the peace that He was bringing would be hidden from their eyes.

Although times have changed, people have not. The majority of the people in this world, still do not see the peace that Jesus can bring into their lives. They are looking for world peace in the fighting. Others are looking to things and bank accounts for their peace.

Even many Christians struggle with this. They feel they must do more and more work for God to be accepted by God. They continually condemn themselves for sins done years ago. They do not have true peace, because they are not fully trusting in Jesus.

Today is the day to focus on what Jesus has done for you and is willing to do for you. He has taken away past sins and will continue to do so. He is willing to fill your life with His peace.

You must trust in Him and in Him alone. Do not allow the day to pass without trusting in His peace. Do not allow the work He is able to do be hidden from your eyes. God is giving you a chance to trust Him today…take it. Don’t run from it. There will come a day when you will no longer be able to see Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal His love and peace to you; that you will accept Jesus as your Lord and King; that you will trust Jesus for everything; that you will not turn away from Jesus; and that God will build you up in Jesus.