“Therefore, dear GodTracker, may we look through trials and tribulations and fix our eyes on Jesus who, for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and was seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord
The people of God had fallen away from the purposes of God by contaminating their lifestyles with the trends of their unbelieving neighbours. They compromised their worship with idolatry. They had opened the door to the real enemy of God’s purposes – the devil – and given him the opportunity to wreak havoc with their future as a nation. As a result, they were conquered by the Babylonians who dragged them into captivity for 70 years. At the advent of this calamity, God gave the prophet Jeremiah a word. He said, “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfil to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
This devotional has at its core the concept of tracking the plans and purposes of God. Indeed, God does have a plan for you and me, as we acknowledge him in all our ways. I have discovered the truth of this statement is, it is God who knows these plans but we don’t; not until he reveals them to us. Therefore, for us to walk in the plans God knows he has for us, we need to seek and track his plans in all we do. Hence, God-tracking. As you seek and track the plans God knows he has for you by acknowledging him in all your ways, you become a GodTracker.
God’s plans for us, and the Body of Christ at large, are to bless us and cause us to enjoy a thriving future. However, as with Jeremiah’s compatriots, sometimes the compromise of integrity creeps into our lifestyles. Sadly, I believe calamities like Covid-19 occur because of this compromise. But God uses calamity to soften our hearts and, in repentance, to bring our focus back to him, the author of our faith.
Therefore, dear GodTracker, may we look through trials and tribulations and fix our eyes on Jesus who, for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and was seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Just as the Israelites returned to rebuild Jerusalem and prosper, so the Lord plans to restore your hope for a flourishing future.
God-tracking is remaining focused on the author of faith
A prayer for each GodTracker
I now fix my eyes on Jesus who is the author of my life’s story and believe you will restore my hope for a flourishing future
“Dear Lord, thank you for the promise that you have a plan for my prosperity. Right now, things look a little bleak. But I know you know what lies ahead so I acknowledge you in all my ways and trust that you will direct my path according to the plans you know you have for me. Dear Lord, I repent of any compromise of my faith and morals. I repent of any opportunity I have given the devil, at any time in my life. I now fix my eyes on Jesus who is the author of my life’s story and believe you will restore my hope for a flourishing future. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”
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