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Revelation 19:10b – For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (ESV)

Whenever my husband and I travel upstate to visit our son, we pass by a home that has a sign on the front lawn. In bold, red letters, it says, "Psychic Readings". Then underneath, it advertises, "$10 special". The sign always brings back memories of a time in my life when I would have eagerly gone in to have my fortune read. I imagine that the customers who frequent this type of business are a lot like I used to be before I gave my heart to the Lord. Many are searching for answers that will give them a sense of hope, especially in this world that we live in today.

God revealed Himself to me personally after I unexpectedly came across a Bible study program called "The King is Coming" telecast. This broadcast was based on the Book of Revelation and was taught by the late Howard C. Estep. Through his ministry, I became aware that Jesus not only had already guided me through the past and was with me in the present, but He also held my future in His hands. Essentially, everything that I needed to know for my life was contained in His Word.

Interestingly, Charles Spurgeon once said this about God:

    He dwells in the present tense evermore as the great I AM. He knows what will be on the morrow, and He alone knows. The whole course of the universe lies before Him, like an open map. Men do not know what a day may bring forth, but Jehovah knows the end from the beginning. There are two great certainties about things that shall come to pass — one is that God knows, and the other is that we do not know.

These thoughts tie in perfectly with Jesus' testimony: "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:58 ESV) Isn't it comforting to know that the One who is the same yesterday, today, and always is guiding our future?

Jeremiah 29:11 – "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)

As the years go by, I am learning to trust in Jesus more and more every day: to walk by faith and not by sight. I've learned that the closer we are to Him, the more clearly we can see His divine blueprint for our lives. Hence, whatever the future holds, we see the days unfolding according to His good and perfect will.

Prayer: Sovereign Lord, we acknowledge that You are in control of all things, and as Your Word declares, only You know the end from the beginning. Help us to live in the present, to seek Your counsel daily, and to wait upon You to direct our paths. In Jesus' mighty name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen to your prayer.

    Very appropriate word for today, Lori.

    How true it is Lori and how very comforting.

    Dear Lori:
    So comforting. Thank you and God bless you and Lou.

    What a comfort to know the One who holds all things in His Mighty Hands. Praying all is well with you guys. Blessings.

    Good one.
    God bless you.

    Dear Lori,
    Thanks for the true-to-the-Word devotional.
    Keep writing.

    Dear Lori: Thank you for the very beautiful, up-lifting and inspirational devotional today. I love the message of Jeremiah 29:11 and I was delighted to see that you quoted it today. God Bless you.

    Lori – Thank you for this word. It explains the meaning of our existence — to follow Him.
    I am also finding that the closer I get to Him He demonstrates His love and His will for my life on a daily basis. Praise Him!

    Dear Lori,
    it is good to know that our God is always guiding. Thanks for the thought. I am seeking to buy a house again after having a change of heart never to move again.

    Lori, This is one of your best Devotionals yet. I can relate to the “I know how I was until I really met God”. Everyone is looking for better things in this life. Unfortunately, too many of us look in the wrong places. Jesus pulled you out of one life style and opened your eyes and heart to enter into His life style. Keep up the great writings.

    Lori, thanks for your devotional today. It really hits home for me as I am in my study of Revelation with my Class and following Lou’s Blog.
    Yes you are right, everyone who is lost is seeking hope for their future.
    The problem is they are not looking in the right place for the answer.
    Thanks again.

    Hi Lori, You almost sound as if you were peeking into my thoughts on how we come to know the Lord more and more as the days go by, and what an ever increasing joy that is.
    It reminds me of a chorus we sing called Sweeter as the days go by. I used to laugh at that term until I came to experience it.
    Bless you as you write for His glory.

    I used to do those reading things too — but then God saved us!!


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