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It happened in the summer on a Sunday morning. I was awakened by my wife who said, “Wake up, the babies are here!” This was no dream; this was reality. This was the day. You see, we were expecting the surprise of our lives: three babies. Yes, triplets!
Jeremiah 29:11 has become one of my favorite texts. It helps me remember that God is in control of my life. He wants me to rely on Him and to implement His plans.
Since the time I was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church
as a teenager, I must admit my faith has teetered. I finally embraced the fact that having a daily scheduled time with God is imperative to my survival.
College is a hard time for most young adults. Personally, that period of my life was lonely and discouraging, full of seemingly endless work on top of regular everyday life while figuring out how to be and act like an adult.
When going through storms in life, it’s easy to focus on the chaos and tempest around you. It’s easy to lose sight of God and focus on the problem. However, Psalm 120:1 testifies that when we call on the Lord, He will answer.
One day, God spoke to me through this verse. He said, “I am the way. You need to get to know Me. You need to see My character. You need to trust Me. When I tell you I am always with you, I am."
This verse reminds me that I am not alone. God is with me, and He will help me today and tomorrow. With Him, I will not fail.
This was a verse I loved while I was growing up, however it took me a few years to actually understand it. Some people read it and say, “Oh, it’s just such a complicated passage.” But it really isn’t. The verses hold one message: His way or yours? In other words, do you trust Him?
I love Psalm 34:7 because you can claim it in so many situations. For example, if you’re afraid of the dark, you can declare this promise when you’re scared. I personally claim this promise every night before I go to bed.
God loves us very much. No matter what we do, He will still forgive us because His love for us is unconditional.