Unspeakable Joy Devotional

13-November

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When Dreams Don’t Come True. Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Is there a dream in your heart that you feel is being delayed? If you look hard enough, you may see another blessing in disguise. Each of us understand the heart numbing pain of a dream that has not come into fruition. It’s hard to consider a “wait” or a “no” to be loving. We can often feel neglected, lonely, heartbroken, tired, or hopeless.

In this society of social media overload, there are things that can pop up on a newsfeed that can cut deeper than any sharp-edged sword. Seeing someone receive a blessing you have cried, worked for, prayed for, and dreamed of while you are still in the “waiting room” is hard. We are called to be joyful with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”

Many times, when we receive a “dream come true” we talk about the faithfulness of God, and rightly so. But, being honest, I always come back to this next thought: “If my dream does not come true, if I never receive what I’ve knocked on heaven’s door for year after year, does that mean God is not faithful?” I hope you know what the answer is, but just in case, let me remind you and myself of this single truth: God is Faithful to us all times whether our dreams come true, or not.

His faithfulness to me is saving me from an eternity apart from Him. Look back at things you’ve gone through and see the bigger picture of His faithfulness and His guiding hand in your life. He is faithful to complete His work in us but not to complete our dream to-do list. Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

May you be comforted by the assurance that stayed rooted in the Lord is the most assured way to live a full, joyful, and “dream come true” kind of life. Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit”

The only way we can have a content heart and a joyful life is letting Him love us, pursue us, and fill the heart numbing ache we have with His grace. That doesn’t always make it easy to let go of a dream or let it sit still for a season, and I know God recognizes that. Don’t forget that we are what He dreams of and desire and He loves us so much. His will and dreams for us are more than we can ever imagine.

God, thank you that Your will and Your plan is always perfect. It might not be easy or always feel good, but I know You see the big picture and know what’s best for me. You are always good. You are always faithful. You always have steadfast love for Your children. These are truths that will never be untrue-so help me to live in light of those truths today. Help me have peace as I meditate on what it means that You are always good, faithful and full of steadfast love for me. Help me face today with confidence knowing that Your plan is greater than all of my dreams. Lord, I love You, thank you for the life I have in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (M Smith)

God’s Plans are Always Greater Than Our Dreams!

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