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Plans and Promises

In the Word

“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” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Of the Word

Well, it’s true. The box the toy came in provides more entertainment than the toy itself. I find it amazing that cardboard, plastic, tape, and wrapping paper are more attractive to small children than the toy.

God had wonderful gifts for the Israelites. He had big plans for them: prosperity, a future, a hope, and a personal relationship. The Israelites, however, had a problem with idolatry. You see, instead of enjoying the gifts God wanted to give them, they spent their time playing with frivolous and insignificant imitations of God.

Now ask yourself, “How am I spending my time? How am I using God’s gifts?” His plans and His gifts are also meant for us. The idols of this world bring no true satisfaction. Throw aside those trivial pursuits so you can spend time enjoying the real gifts of God.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, thank You for all the gifts You have given to me. Help me keep my eyes off of the inconsequential things of this world and instead keep them focused on You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Love, Laughter, and Lullabies. DCE Amanda Stacy, author. 21/30 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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