Dear Graduate

Psalm 37:7

Editor’s Note: It’s almost graduation season 2020 and you’re going to need a gift for the graduates in your life! This year, in particular, we want to celebrate our graduates (ceremony or not) from all levels of schooling… junior high, high school, college, and graduate school. Three titles in eight beautiful covers will give you plenty to choose from — God’s Promises for the Graduate, God’s Wisdom for the Graduate, and God’s Answers for the Graduate.

A Note from Jack Countryman:

To the 2020 high school graduates, the year you were born was just after the 9/11 attacks and you are now graduating in the year of the COVID-19 virus. You might think this is a coincidence, but we have to believe that God has something special planned just for you. He is preparing something great for your life. Some of you may not be able to walk in a traditional graduation ceremony, but we want you to know that we see you. We pray for you. We celebrate you. We honor your achievements and we cannot wait to see what God does in your life. 

Each one of you is special in God’s eyes. 

As you look to the future during these troubled times, it is noteworthy to wonder what the Bible has to say about how we should react when we are faced with the challenges of life and changing times. Particularly when you are leaving high school or college and trying to make decisions about where your life is headed. 

When you turn to the Bible you will find the answers to whatever you need. The passage I always refer to is Psalm 37:3-7. Verse 3 says, 

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. — Psalm 37:3

When we trust in the Lord, we commit our lives into His hands and consciously “feed on” or live on His faithfulness. Verse 4 reads, 

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. — Psalm 37:4

The Lord is in essence saying, spend time with Me and I will place godly desires within your heart because I love you and want the best for you. Verse 5 says, 

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. — Psalm 37:5

When you are willing to commit your life to living in the center of God’s will, your relationship with the Lord will flourish. 

Jesus is waiting for you to come to Him with an open heart. In verse 6 we find that, 

He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. — Psalm 37:6

This is in answer to the previous verses that instruct us to trust, delight, and commit ourselves in the Lord. Do you want to be in right standing with Your heavenly Father? This is an invitation to live each moment of your life in God’s presence and lean on Him to help you with the decisions and challenges that you face each day. If you make that commitment, He will bless your life and give you the peace that passes all understanding. 

Finally, verse 7 says, 

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. — Psalm 37:7

If we are patient and rest in the Lord and seek Him for every decision we face, God will provide all the wisdom we will ever need.

Let Him be your guide as you embrace the blessings that God has promised you. Delight in His presence and commit your life to living for Jesus. He is waiting to guide each step of your way so you can be all that God has called you to be. 

Written for Devotionals Daily by Jack Countryman.

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Your Turn

Our graduates deserve to be celebrated for their achievements! Let’s bless them, pray for them, and honor their diplomas and degrees! Who are the graduates on your life? Share with us in the comments! ~ Devotionals Daily

Jack Countryman

Jack Countryman is the founder of JCountryman Gift Books, a division of Thomas Nelson. His 30-plus years in Christian publishing have allowed him the opportunity to help create and develop bestselling gift books such as God’s Promises for Your Every Need, God’s Promises for Men, and God’s Promises for Women.

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