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GOD-TRACKING IS SEEKING GODâS PLAN EVEN UNDER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
by Dudley Anderson
4/07/2017 / Devotionals
The e-Devotional helping to keep you on-track
Published through www.godtracker.co.uk
07 April 2017
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GOD-TRACKING IS SEEKING GOD’S PLAN EVEN UNDER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Words given to the prophet Jeremiah regarding the return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity. Nebuchadnezzar had invaded Judah and taken swathes of its people captive. However, Jeremiah was still among the remnant left in Jerusalem, when he wrote these words; he was writing to those already taken to Babylonian. The future must have seemed bleak for these people, now living under the violent and cruel regime of Nebuchadnezzar. I can imagine them reading this letter from Jeremiah with a hint of cynicism. Jeremiah had prophesised doom and gloom upon them in the first place, now he was offering words of hope for prosperity and restoration. “How can the prophet expect us to have hope for the future,” they may have complained. “We’re slaves in a foreign land with no prospects!” But then they look a little further down the scroll and read, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
God’s plans for you are real. God’s plans for you are sure. His plans are for your wellbeing with hope for a good future. You may find yourself under adverse or severe circumstance now, and read these words with scepticism. It may be your marriage is in tatters or your career has collapsed. You may find yourself a slave to debt or facing financial ruin. But knows this: God knows the plans he has for you! Jeremiah’s people had taken their eyes off God but God never abandoned the ones he loved. He promised to rescue them from their despair, if they would only choose to seek him with all their hearts. Sometimes God allows us to drift so that we eventually realise how much we need him. The psalmist said, “His anger is but for a moment, and his favour is for a lifetime.” So, whatever your dilemma, make a conscious choice today to take your eyes off your circumstances and seek the purposes of God, by faith. Come to him today and believe that he is with you in your quandary. Seek his purposes, even under your circumstances. God rewards those who seek him with all their hearts.
The Babylonian captives were suffering the consequences of their rebellion. However, they had men like Daniel among them and so, with the words of the prophet Jeremiah ringing in their ears, they repented of their sin and sought first God’s kingdom and his righteousness. Seventy years later, under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah, God brought his people home and restored their fortunes. After all, God had a plan!
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Lord I acknowledge you in all my ways and trust you to direct my paths, even under these circumstances
“Dear Lord, I’m so sorry for taking my eyes off Jesus and looking down, under my circumstances. Today I choose to not give up but to look up! I repent of any wrong or rebellion I’ve been guilty of and seek first your kingdom and your holiness. I acknowledge you again in all I do and all I am: in my marriage, in my relationships, in my career, in my church, in my finances, in my recreation; Lord I acknowledge you in all my ways and trust you to direct my paths, even under these circumstances. I seek you with all my heart! Thank you that you have a plan to rescue me and restore me to good fortune. I put my faith in you. Amen."
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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His word calls us to seek his will by acknowledging him in all our ways and tracking this plans in faith.
GodTracker owes its origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, On Track. Although On Track went off-air in 2005, GodTracker has continued to help people track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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