Asaph wrote eleven Psalms. Yet Asaph confessed,“Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart” “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped” (Psalm 73:1-2). Why? Because he saw the wicked around him prospering,Like some of us wonder why blessings are heaped on people who live duplicitous lives? Perhaps you’ve seen an ungodly coworker rewarded instead of you or a wicked neighbor acquire material things while you struggled to make ends meet.It can be very easy for suffering Christians to slide into doubt. They may think, “I’ve been living right but all my diligence have been in vain. In spite of all I do, I still suffer.”That is when you need to guard your heart. Don’t let your faith or your confidence be shaken. God is still on the throne. God will help you. Asaph saw that he had almost slipped but he held on to proclaim, “I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works” (73:28). And you can do the same!
A refuge is a place where you run and hide when troubles get to be too much. Like a cleft in the rock, it covers and protects us. We need that when the storms of life come. But notice: God does not provide a refuge for us; He is our refuge. If the enemy of our souls is distracting you, tempting you, discouraging you, look to God to shelter you with His wings. Do you need someone to protect and hold you close at this moment in your life? He is there right when you need Him. You are safe with Him. Do not fear! But the Lord will be a refuge for His people…Joel 3:16
Prayer: God, You said You’d be my refuge!” I thank You for being there for me. I have no one else to turn to. I know You are my very present help in time of need. I trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
‘You have delivered me from ALL my troubles…’What a joy to be able to look back and reflect on God’s faithfulness. David could look back and declare that the Lord had delivered him. Perhaps, as you look back on the years and months gone by, you can see His hand in your affairs? You can be thankful and expectant that the Lord can and will deliver you even now.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness and lovingkindness towards me. Like David, I can say the Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the bear and the mouth of the lion will deliver me out of this situation too. I have confidence in Your mighty hand. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
King Jehoshaphat and his men were in a desert without any water for themselves or for their animals and thought they would die. The king cried out to God for mercy and, this is what the Lord said, “You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water.” (2 Kings 3:17) In other words God was saying, “I will give you what you need, not in the way you think, but in My own way.” Sometimes, God gives no hints– no wind or clouds to let us know that the water is coming. He only asks, “Do you trust Me?” To whom are we looking to? Who is our source? God is telling us, “I’ll supply your need, but not in the way you think.” Today, you are in a dilemma – even a situation of your own making – don’t be afraid to call on the Lord with a sincere heart. Wait for Him to answer. Don’t worry about how God will do it. He’ll do it!
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Psalm 56:8
What are you worried about? God knows about it, your sleepless nights, your sighing, your tears. He has kept it in a bottle and it’s before Him. He doesn’t let your tears fall to the ground. They’re too precious to Him. He knows how to bring you out at the right time. Keep on trusting Him to act in your situation. He can be trusted and you can place your hope in Him!
PRAYER: Lord, I know my tears are not hidden from You, help me not to allow discouragement to undermine my confidence in You. Instead, I will live with an expectation that You will act on my behalf. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 Regardless of his circumstances, Habakkuk had learned to be joyful in His Saviour and clings to his God for strength. In the midst of things that seem to be going wrong in our lives, may we like Habakkuk, stop right now and choose to praise Him simply for who He is.
Children seldom worry about what they are going to eat. They simply run to their parents saying, “I’m hungry.” They don’t stress about how much something costs, how long it takes to prepare or any such thing. Children simply trust that the parent who has always faithfully fed them will continue to do so. How often do we find ourselves stressed over things we face in our lives? When we depend on God like a child, we no longer need to worry.
He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also graciously give us all things? – Romans 8:32
Knowing that God gave us His Only Son – Jesus should fill us with confidence that our Master cares deeply for our needs.
How often we lament and cry,” Lord, why have you forsaken me and forgotten me?” The Lord declares in Isaiah 49:15-16: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands. “I have engraved you.” It does not say, “I have engraved your name.“ I have engraved you, everything about you, all that concerns you; and yet we are as continually troubled with anxieties, plagued with suspicions, and disturbed with fears as if our God has forsaken us. How can we doubt Him when He’s been faithful a thousand times. He will never ever forget His children.
Have you made a mess of your life? Do you wish you could start over again? If that’s the way you feel, I have good news for you: God wants to make your life over anew, and He can do it today if you’ll let Him.
“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” says the LORD. Jeremiah 18:6, God can take you right now where you are and make out of your life another vessel. God can mend a broken life if you give Him all the pieces. Just turn it over to Him and say, “Here it is, Lord.” God wants to give you a second chance. If there is something that the Lord is asking you to do, do it. Don’t be stubborn. The Lord, longs to be gracious to you. Surrender every area of your life to Him and see Him work wonders on your behalf.
Jesus is the Great Shepherd who feeds us, carries us and leads us into green pastures. If you struggle feeling God’s nearness, I’d encourage you to meditate on this Scripture and picture yourself as a little lamb needing to be picked up. God uses many illustrations throughout the Bible to help us comprehend how He feels about us
A little lamb is helpless, defenseless and completely dependent on its shepherd, just like we are! I pray that God will give each one of us the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation today (Ephesians 1:17) in greater measure so that we will really know that our God and Father carries us in His arms, close to His heart just like a shepherd carries a little lamb.