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Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

“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”

One Sunday morning, during request time, one dedicated Christian man stood up at church to make a request. There was an ongoing investigation at his work place about a missing laptop containing the company’s high profile documents. And since he was the last person to leave the office where the laptop was, he was the prime suspect. His request was for God to help find the laptop.

As I sat there, I knew he was not capable of stealing because he is my friend and I know him well but for his name to be cleared, the laptop needs to be found. So I made it a priority to check up on him regularly to find out the progress of the investigations. Anytime I called, he was never depressed about what was happening to him. He was hopeful that God will redeem his name in the right time.

As investigations proceeded, the company asked him to proceed on leave with pay and emails were sent to the company’s clients that he no longer works for the company. It was not long when he announced in church that a colleague called him that the laptop has been found. We were all happy and thanked God because his name has been cleared now and can start work. We were wrong. The company does not want to work with him anymore and unwilling to pay his compensation. For a breadwinner for his nuclear and extended family, how was he going to cope? But he never lost hope and trust that God in the right time will take the troubles away and indeed, his trust for God showed in his demeanor and increased dedication to God’s work. I remember asking him once how he is coping and he told me, “I am very fine and in fact, now that I am not working, I have more time on my hands to do God’s work”.

He is now in court to compel the company to pay him his compensation. However, the last time I spoke to him again, he has a new job and then he told me, “I think this is a better job than the previous one. If all these have not happened, am not sure I will have landed myself this job and for the court issue, I know it is going to be a slow process but God saw me through the initial phase of this problem, He will not disappoint me now”.

God allows us to go through these things to make us better Christians than we were. All we need is to trust that He knows what is good for us and His ways are the best for us. I could not have been inspired more by the gentleman whose story I have put out today. All these happened to him early this year and his new job came in barely a month ago. Am sure he started the year so optimistic that things will go so smooth but this is what he got. The good thing is, relief has partly come to him and hoping and trusting for full relief. I do not know what you are going though at the moment but I pray to God to increase your trust in Him and to believe that His plans are best for you. Hold on to the hope that He knows what is best for you and keep praying and I believe that just as He came in for my friend, it will not be long when He brings you the relief you desperately need.

May the Lord bless us and increase out trust in Him always.   



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