Hope in the Waiting

This week’s devotional is pulled from d365.org that recruits ministers across the nation to write a devotional that flows from prayer to reading scripture to reflection to prayer and ends with a challenge.  I pray you enjoy it as you recover from turkey (or tofurkey for our vegetarian friends) overload! You can follow these daily devotionals here.

Pause: This is only the beginning. God is up to something amazing in you. Wait for it.

Listen: The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land. – Jeremiah 33:14-15

Think: Ever found yourself in a sticky situation? Not literally, like trying to walk on a sticky floor. Sticky, as in, stuck in an unhealthy relationship, place, or habit. Those situations may make you wonder, “How did I get myself stuck here?”

Israel had found themselves in a series of sticky situations, to say the least. Jerusalem was surrounded by enemies. Leaders were captured or put in jail. They were stuck. At least, we can imagine they felt stuck. And yet, God, through the prophet Jeremiah says “I will fulfill my gracious promise” (v. 14).

In sticky situations, there’s always the option to believe that we will always be stuck, that things will never change. However, the God of Israel, of all creation, of you and me, seems to always be offering another option: hope. God, through Jeremiah, offered hope to Judah and Israel way back then, and God offers hope to you and me today. No matter what our sticky situation, God is able, and even promises, to help us get unstuck.  – Tasha Gibson

Pray: Promise-keeping God, thank you for coming to me in my sticky situations. Please set me free so I can offer others your hope. Amen.

Go: This is not the end. God is up to something amazing in you. Wait for it.

 

Go in peace. I look forward to seeing you all back on campus this week!

Chris Wondree
Campus Minister