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Word for Today / Make the Best of It

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Make the Best of It

'...if [the cities] are prosperous, you will be prosperous too.' Jeremiah 29:7 GNT

When God’s people were slaves in Babylon, He told them: ‘Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what you grow... Marry and have children… You must increase in numbers and not decrease. Work for the good of the cities where I have made you go as prisoners. Pray to Me on their behalf, because if they are prosperous, you will be prosperous too... When... seventy years are over, I will show My concern for you and keep My promise to bring you back home. I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.’ (Jeremiah 29:4-11 GNT)

There’s an important lesson here. While we’re waiting for God to turn things around for us, we need to be as productive as possible. While we’re waiting for God to work, a lot of us think we should do nothing, even though there’s plenty around for us to do. The bottom line is: We’ve become concerned about one person only—ourselves. When we mess up, the only person we tend to see is—ourselves. But God says, ‘While you’re waiting on me to do something good for you, start doing something good for others’. By blessing others, you open up the channel for God to come through and bless you. That’s the way it works!

written by Bob Gass

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