Daily Devotional – Monday, October 25, 2021
"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. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13, NLT)
I have been thinking about the fact recently, that there are an awful lot of people who want the benefits that come from having a relationship with God, without actually having a relationship with God. We love God’s promise that He has good plans for us and that He will hear our prayers, but then we stop. One verse further, however, tells us that we are not to behave as passive recipients, being perpetually filled up by God; we have an active role to play. God’s good plans and answers to prayers are for those who have a growing relationship with Him. Unfortunately, I think there may be many people who are trading in a relationship with God for a mere knowledge of Him.
How many people claim the name of Christ because they have read some stories about God, watched movies and televised productions depicting the biblical narrative, have multiple versions of the Bible at their fingertips, and even memorabilia—cross-shaped jewelry, posters and plaques—and yet God remains a veritable stranger to them? God is not to be treated as some famous personality; we get excited when we meet our favourite movie or sport’s star, music band or visiting royalty. However, whether we talk to them briefly, get a signature, have a selfie snapped, the reality remains that while we have a great story to share, we don’t have a relationship with them.
God desires to be the Friend, Father and Master that we have with us at all times—not like a good luck charm, but a real person with whom we stay in constant communion. Need directions? He’s there. Feeling tempted? He’ll give us an ‘out.’ Lonely? You’ve no reason to be. God is the only One who will never let us down, but we’ll never understand the incredible gift of a real relationship with Him, unless we’re prepared to take the time to truly know Him, in person…not just about Him.
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!