Read: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.’” Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NIV)
Reflect: I have learned that young people who are hardened from living in harsh, dysfunctional, toxic environments have two common traits. One, they are suspicious, having little faith in others and less in God. Two, all of them want to become successful at something and gain notoriety, even if it is not good. They display no measurable amount of self-confidence. Any vision of achieving worthy successful lives is lost to the obvious. As a result, these broken souls live in the now and live only for themselves. They are blinded by the present and oblivious to the future. Are there others out there, besides Jeremiah and me, who can relate to this troubled-life path? Surely there are.
What a relief it is to realize that God is the ultimate game changer. As impossible as it may seem, he deftly uses the chaos around those who believe in him to benefit them. He directs their thoughts to an ever-present need of him and places them on paths that, previously, would have been unimaginable. Through God’s clear vision, past failures become valuable lessons of experience that can, in turn, be used in ways that honor him. His followers find themselves on new adventures, living and experiencing the joy that leads to living and thriving in service for his name’s sake.
This devotional is the story of my life. When I started walking with God, my life changed forever, and it will never go back to the past.
React: The desire of God’s heart is to bless us, his people, and direct our paths into lives of faithfulness and fruitfulness. Let him be your personal game changer.
Pray: Father God, make us living examples of “games changed” so that we may better serve you and those who are changing.