“This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.'” (Jeremiah 17:5 NIV)
Leaving. That’s what my youth pastor told us he was doing. He felt a call to be a pastor and then one day, a church contacted him. Everything worked out so perfectly, you could see God working. Let me rephrase: Everything worked out perfectly for him. But my youth group and I felt abandoned by a spiritual leader we relied on.
When my youth pastor left, we were hurt. My mom reminded me of the verse Jeremiah 17:5. I realized my youth group and I needed to focus our hearts on God. We were still sad because we didn’t have him as a major figure in our lives. Even though he lives far away, we realized it was God’s plan. Being mad at our youth pastor for leaving would be being mad at him for listening to God.
You can apply this verse to your life by remembering that man will fail you because every man is a sinner, but God will never fail you. For example: If you have a health problem, don’t just count on the doctors to cure you, pray to God and know that in doing so His plan will be done. This is hard, but it turns out better in the end.
I challenge you, today, to focus your heart on God by asking His help and guidance in everything you do.
I’m Haley Faye Snyder. I’ve lived in the same Christian home in Kentucky since I was born. I have one little brother and two loving parents. I go to Westport Baptist church and have my whole life. I accepted Christ into my heart when I was six and then re-committed my life to Him when I was 11 at Boones Creek Baptist Camp. (read more…)