My anxious heart fears, sometimes panics, but God has my welfare at heart.
In the Word
“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).
Of the Word
Sue couldn’t sleep. Hours passed. Her heart pounded. Her thoughts raced. Faced with starting a new job, her family’s cross-country move and an unexpected pregnancy, Sue felt overwhelmed. No wonder she felt fearful and anxious. Deep in her heart, Sue also felt guilty. She had failed to turn to God’s Word, trust His promises, and rely fully on His unconditional love.
The good news is: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love … as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:8, 12). God showed His great love when Jesus died and rose again to rescue us from sin and death.
Jesus comforted His disciples and He comforts us with the same reassurance: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1). Sue can trust God’s love, God’s forgiveness, and God’s plans. We can, too.
Walking with my Lord
Dear Lord, when I feel overwhelmed and troubled about an uncertain and challenging future, remind me again of how much You love me. By the Holy Spirit’s power strengthen my faith and trust in You, my Savior. In Your name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Walking with My Lord. Author: Donna Streufert. 27/30 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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