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"Where Are You Going?"

January 19, 2008

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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:11-12

It was in the last century, a very poor, young man went to London. There, he became acquainted with a young lady of the nobility, who also happened to be wealthy. They fell in love. At her insistence, she was the one who went to ask her father for permission to marry the young man. The father replied, with considerable concern, "He's got no background, you don't know where he's come from." She said, "Yes, I know, but I know where he's going, and I want to go with him."

How I wish somebody would say that about me.

The truth is most of us don't know where we're going. Oh, we know if we're going to work or to the market. But where are we going with our lives? It gets pretty confusing, doesn't it?

We lose a job, or a friend dies, or our plans fall through and everything changes. Thankfully, we have a God who knows where we're going, even when we may not.

Indeed, He sent His Son into this world to help us with our daily, as well as our eternal, destinations. To that end Jesus was born, He lived, died, and rose. Now, because of what the Savior has done, countless Christians can tell you that when your life is in the Father’s hands, you can be at peace. After all, in Jesus, your destination is secure.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, all we like sheep have gone astray. Yet, even in our aimless, self-absorbed muddle, You guide those who trust You. Help us surrender our lives, every last bit of them, to You. In Your Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Job 28-29    Matthew 13:1-30

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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