A Message for You

God is with us in life’s changes

by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER
North Kent Bible Church

In the next few weeks, the lives of many young adults will change forever. They will walk across a stage and be handed a piece of paper which says they have graduated from high school. They now enter a new stage of life. Many have already decided what they will be doing next fall, while others are still making decisions about their future. In both cases there is often excitement of the possibilities and fear of the unknown.

As adults, we face these same emotions when we have children, when our children graduate and move out, when we change jobs, when we move, and whenever our lives change dramatically.

The Word of God, in Joshua 1:9, teaches, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

These words were spoken by God to Joshua as his life changed in obedience to God. They are true for us today. As we obey God, no matter how much our lives change, He will be with us and we need not fear.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God says this not at a time of excitement but when the Jews were in captivity by another nation. For 70 years they would be captives and God is encouraging them that He has plans for them. We can be encouraged that as we face times of difficulty we have a God that has plans for us as well—plans to prosper, gives us hope, and a future!

Whether in times of exciting change or times of difficulty, God is with us to give us strength and courage, to give us hope and a future.

Our responsibility is found in Jeremiah 29:12-13. Right after God tells of His plans, hope and future, He says, “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

God is there to give us strength, courage, hope and a future. Will you call upon Him, come to Him, pray to Him, and seek Him with all your heart?

 

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