Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB) For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
While climbing around near my work bench, I happened to see it. I sat there for a moment... Getting something for one of my daughters, I came across my firefighter turnout gear. The smell of fire and smoke still lingered on it. I thought about the men and women who I worked with, braved the infernos with, ready to lay down my life with. I remembered the time my dad and I delivered a baby and the many people I helped on first aid calls. To be honest, I felt disappointed that my career was cut short. I knew if I sat there long enough and kept thinking the way I was that the disappointment would overwhelm me. So, I turned away and happened to glance down at the work bench. There sat one of my Bibles, and I said, “Thank you, God.” He gave me the reminder that without leaving the fire department, I would not have met the many friends and godly men along this journey. This journey of a future and of hope. Don’t sit too long in disappointment. Come to realize that God has plans for you that you cannot fathom.
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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