Each week, we share some words of reflection written in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional was written by Sharae Hogg.
The Word:
“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. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord…’” Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NASB)

The Story:
The past couple of years were difficult for me. My dream job was taken away from me and I was having a hard time finding employment. Not to mention, my mother’s health was slowly diminishing. I was feeling hopeless, and realized that I couldn’t be “Superwoman” and take care of everything. I became lost and felt useless. I lost track of my purpose, and questioned God everyday as to why all of this was happening to me. I felt like God, along with the rest of the world, had turned His back on me. I strived to be a good person and live right but felt that maybe my best just wasn’t good enough. I was in this rut so long that I started losing my faith and joy. I was no longer a faithful, loving Christian. I did something I thought I would never do. I gave up. It took me falling flat on my face to really see God and His will for me. What I didn’t realize was that every trial I faced, God was there in the midst showing me His grace. God showed me that He is sovereign and my true provider. He blessed me with a free car and unexpected checks in the mail. He also showed me that He can take it all away as well. Through it all, I am still to be faithful and to rely on Him and not my own abilities. The time span that I was unemployed, I didn’t go without a need met. God shifted my life in a different direction; one that is leading to my restored faith.

The Reflection:
What is God trying to do in our lives? Are we allowing the trials and tribulations of life to shake our faith in Christ? When our faith is being tested, do we give up or face our fears, knowing God is with us? God is always with us and desperately wants us to come to Him. God’s arms are wide open. All He wants us to do is to fall into them.

The Application:
The next time we are feeling disheartened about our circumstances and began to doubt God, let’s seek the Lord about what He is trying to do in our lives. One cannot have true growth in God and spiritual maturity without discomfort.

The Prayer:
Lord, You know what we need better than we do. Your will for us is better than our own. Help us learn to totally trust and surrender to You. Even though we get weak, by Your strength, we are restored. Amen.