Sex in the Country... Daily Devotional

March 22, 2011

Day Two… The Better Story

Jeremiah 29:11-14 says 11 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. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.b I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Do you remember when every story started with the phrase, “Once upon a time”? It was pretty much a promise that no matter what happened in the story, it was going to end up Okay! Cinderella was going to get to marry the prince. Snow White was going to wake up, and Pinochio was going to become a real boy. It was those words that kept us reading through the bad parts. The evil step-mothers, the big whales, and the wicked witches of the world make as well give up when they heard those words.

Jesus, had one of those stories. It looked bad… really bad. He was dead. His followers were hiding. His enemies were partying. Then it all changed. God hadn’t written the ending of the story yet.

The same is true about your “Love story”. God hasn’t written the end yet. The cool thing is that God asks that we participate in writing our own story. Here’s the deal. God knows how he would finish your love story, but you don’t have to write his planned ending. Even though your dating life has been filled with disappointment and bad guys, you still can write the ending where true love saves the day. You will have to make the right choices. You will have to write the right people in and get over some really tragic stuff.

God wants that for you. The only question is whether you want that too.

Questions and activities 1. Would you say that your love story is looking like God’s ending is in store for you or something less?

  1. Have you been making dating/love decisions based on your history of struggle or based on your knowing that God has planned a great ending to your love story?

  2. Pray this Dear Father, I am in a difficult part of my love story right now. Can you help me determine how you want it to end for me? Then Lord, will you give me the strength, wisdom and desire to write the good parts in. In Jesus Name, Amen

  3. Now take a few minutes and write how you want your love story to end. Mine goes like this. He looked at her and realized that their entire lives had been spent loving God together. Now as she held him, he whispered to her, “I love you”, and slid in through heaven’s gate to wait for her.”


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