In our Jeremiah passage, we stumbled across one of my favourite and most meaningful verses - Jeremiah 29:11
When Pamela and I got married we received a plaque with this verse on it. At the time, we were more interested in the envelopes with money, that we would have discounted this plaques value and meaning and simply placed it on a shelf to collect dust. The timing of "finding" this plaque shortly after opening our "meaningless" gift was instrumental in reminding us that we need to trust God whole heartedly daily as this was right around the time that we realized we would be unexpectedly expecting our first child.
As exciting as it was to know we would be parents, this excitement was equally matched with fear as we had no idea how we could make this work financially as Pamela was a student, and I did not have a full-time job. I am not saying that it was all rainbows and butterflies, but everything fell into place. Friends and family came to our assistance, I was offered a full-time position at work, we were blessed with a healthy girl (who is graduating high school this year - yikes), and we didn't have to file for bankruptcy!
There is not a day that goes by that I am not reminded of God's good plan, as the plaque is still situated on a dresser in our bedroom.
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God does not play hide and seek so that we cannot find Him. He is listening to our prayers, and is anxiously waiting for us to seek Him!
In our passage in Matthew we read about acceptance into the kingdom of Heaven for those who serve with no thought or intent of receiving a reward, as God gives out of grace, not debt.
There are only two possible scenarios when the Son of Man comes and we are standing in front of God Almighty. We will either be like the goats sent away to eternal punishment, or like the sheep and be invited into Heaven for eternal life. I know what side I'm going to be on!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Jeremiah 30-31; Matthew 26:1-25