“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalm 138:8

I have been thinking of an old song I haven’t heard for a lot of years, written by Vesta Goodman.  I am quoting the second verse and chorus:

“My hands were made to help my neighbor,

My eyes were made to read God’s word,

My feet were made to walk in his footsteps,

My body is the temple of the Lord.

I was made in his likeness, created in his image,

For I was born to serve the Lord,

And I can’t deny him, I’ll always walk beside him,

For I was born to serve the Lord.”

The Psalmist reminds us that God will not forsake the work of His hands. Each of us is a special creation by the Lord Himself, fashioned before we were born in our mother’s womb.  He has a plan for us, He has a work for us to do, and we can safely trust our lives into His care.

Jeremiah 29:11 is a familiar verse to us all: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Sometimes when things are not going the way we think they should, we are tempted to think that maybe God has made a mistake, and that He is not working all things for our good.  But I like what the Psalmist wrote: “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me.” Nothing that comes our way is a surprise to God, He has a plan, and He is working it out in our lives every day.

As the song I quoted at the beginning says, we were made to serve the Lord.  For everyone of us that will mean something different.  I don’t need to worry about God’s plan for you, I only need to serve Him and follow the plan He has for me.

As we seek His face, He will make His plan plain to us and give us the strength that we need to follow it.

Prayer:  Jesus, I am so thankful that you have a plan for my life, one I can trust and follow without reservation, because I know you are always there directing me.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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