I’m in a certain stage in my life that most people fear–job-hunting.
Graduation from college is quickly approaching and I’m looking for an editorial position in a publishing house. It would be an understatement to say I’ve been a little stressed about it. My fiance is also applying to a graduate school and figuring out timing has been not been as fun as I hoped.
The other day, however, I was reading through Ecclesiastes chapter eleven and my translation was interestingly put. The writer was speaking to young people and how they should enjoy life and remember their Creator. Verse ten began, “So refuse to worry” (NLT).
In that moment, God impressed on my heart, “When you worry about the future, you care about it more than you care me. I got the future. So refuse to worry.”
It also reminded me of the verse we all know, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (NLT)
When I stand my ground and don’t let worry take control of my planning, I choose God instead. He remains where he should be, the commander of my future. He knows the best way to go, so why worry?
Copyright 2013 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.
Our culture is saturated with superheroes
Superman is a particular icon. He’s adored because it’s comforting to imagine there’s a “Man of Steel” ready to fight and help when trouble arises. He flies to the rescue, takes out the villains, and then lets the innocent civilians go on with their lives. Superman is always there to help, then leaves when he’s not needed anymore.
God and Superman have a lot in common. They’re powerful and rescue those in trouble. However, there is a difference. Superman is not a daily part of the civilians’ lives. He’s just there when the people need him.
Unfortunately, some people treat God the same way. They keep God in their pocket until they need help. Once God sets their feet on dry land again, they give brief thanks and walk away.
Yet, once God helps those in trouble, He doesn’t simply let them go back to what they were doing.In Jeremiah chapter 29, God promised the exiled Israel “I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to [Israel]. 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” (10-11 NIV).
God demands allegiance from His rescued. God saves people because He cares and has plans for them. The next time God gets you through a tough circumstance, remember that He has a purpose and plan for you.
Copyright by Molly Anderson 2012. Use by permission only.