Lenten Devotionals

Lent: March 8th

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Thursday, March 8, 2018 By Ryan Litwiller

Jeremiah 29:11:  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 

I debated even using this verse for my devotional.  This verse is used for just about every graduation or the dedication of a child.   But, this passage is powerful and that is why everyone uses it. It is a passage pointing to the fulfilled promises to a nation, and the coming of Jesus. It is a verse that lets us rest in the knowledge of God’s work in our lives.

Last year I made a career change and I’m now working for a large corporation. It was a big change for not only me, but my family. We prayed and prayed and prayed about this job and if it was what God wanted me to do. It was better pay and offered us a future, but that was just the fluff.

This job doesn’t give me a future or a hope. This job doesn’t give me a plan for welfare and not evil. Money and recognition are fleeting. I even found myself debating why I even took the job. I found myself caught up in the American dream. Work, work, and work to make money to have a comfortable future. To be promoted or gain recognition, and to become the best at my profession. To have a growing 401k and be on the fast track to success. Now I don’t think those are bad things, but I made them an idol.

Why did God put me here?

Jesus. I need Jesus. I need to be broken. I need Jesus to lift the veil I put down. My pride. My selfishness. My independence. Jesus has a plan for me. One of hope. All of the worldly goodness in my life is empty without Jesus. I won’t pretend it is not a constant struggle, but as the song says “Jesus is better, make my heart believe…” So this is what I pray that Jesus will make me believe. That his plan is better. That success is fleeting, but sharing Jesus with my co-workers is eternal. That making a sale feels great, but listening to my children making up praise songs to sing to Jesus is far greater. Following Jesus is hard. Our God in his goodness has made Himself subtle. So many things easily distract us, or demand our time and attention that we need a Savior to rescue us from them, and He is there. Always. Offering us the Hope of Jesus.

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