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To the Class of 2023

To the Class of 2023

Editor's Note: You're going to need a gift for the graduates in your life! We want to celebrate our graduates from all levels of schooling... junior high, high school, college, and graduate school. 

Six titles in many beautiful covers will give you plenty to choose from — God's Promises for Graduates (in three beautiful covers), God's Wisdom for the Graduate (in two handsome covers), The Purpose Driven Life: Selected Thoughts & Scriptures for the Graduate, Pocket Prayers for Graduates, Jesus Calling for Graduates, Streams in the Desert for Graduates, and Let the Journey Begin.

A Note from Jack Countryman:

To the Class of 2023 high school graduates, this is an exciting time in your life as you look forward to graduating from high school and moving forward to a new phase in your life. Whether you are looking forward to starting college or starting a career in the business world,

  • God has something special planned just for you.

He is preparing you for something great and we want you to know that we are praying for you, celebrating with 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 special times, it is noteworthy to wonder what the Bible has to say about how you should react when you 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