What Next?

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In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.

The Lord said, “Go up” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

2 Samuel 2:1 NIV

 

Lamenting his earthly friend Jonathan’s death, David looked to his Heavenly Friend to learn what he should do next. In his sadness he conducted a search.

 

At times your life is like that. Brokenhearted by emotional disaster, you need time to recuperate and get back to normal. I graciously provide the healing time you need—then comes the day when you feel it is time to move on. Your heart says it is time to ask, “What next, Lord?”

 

Grief is not forever. Hard times come to pass, not to stay. You have Me to thank for the steady passage of time. I am the Lord of all your days.

 

My clock is invisible, but it keeps perfect time. I understand your personality better than you know yourself. I know what is best for you—I comprehend when transitions should best occur. You can trust Me at every twist and turn of life’s roller coaster.

 

I do not answer your inquiries with Urim and Thummim, as I did Israel’s second king. By lights and perfections of My Scripture and Spirit, I direct your life’s course.

 

Go beyond meditating on My map for the maze—hit the road! Do more than study My business—get to work! I want more than sentimental love letters—I want devotion expressed in every detail of your life.

 

Whatever your address, I am your Home.

 

You cannot understand how I speak to your heart, but praise Me that I do. My quiet voice encourages and leads you on your journey through life. The course of time educates you for eternity.

 

I am King of kings—I am also King of your life. The government of your life rests on My shoulders, not yours. Make your heart My throne—allow Me to rule every dimension of your experience. Give Me credit for blessings you enjoy—sing My praises.

 

Include Me in all your travel plans.

Johnny R. Almond

Pastor, Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church

Author, Gentle Whispers from Eternity

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Johnny R. Almond earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and a Diploma in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. After pastoring churches for a decade, he served the Air Force as a military chaplain in worldwide assignments. After retiring from the military in 2000, he began serving as pastor in Virginia. He currently serves as pastor of Hull's Memorial Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He and his wife, Beverly, have four sons, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

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