Luke 10:41 HE answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.’ Just as the Lord was aware of Martha’s condition, so He knows your situation too. He knows your every anxious thought and your every troubling concern. His desire is that we would live free from this burden and weight. His Word to you is: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, My child!’
PRAYER: Lord, rid me of all anxiety and worry. May I live in the security of Your love and provision and may I be free from discouragement and distress that threatens to drown me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
No matter how old we are, darkness can be scary. Sometimes in life we are taken through seasons of uncertainty and despair. We are disoriented and unsure what to do, afraid to take a step in any direction. But God does not leave us nor forsake us even during our dark times. When darkness threatens to overwhelm us it’s important to see who we are following, who is with us- Jesus, the Light of the world. He will dispel every kind of darkness from your life. If we are in Him, we need not fear. This season will not last. At the break of dawn, the Light will shine forth. My God turns my darkness into light.“ Psalms 18:28
Verse: 2 Timothy 4:17
‘The Lord stood with me and gave me strength…’
What an awesome picture of the Lord standing with us and giving us strength. HE is standing with you today – you are not alone. HE is closer than you could ever think or imagine. HE is more interested in you than you realise, and He will give you the strength you need.
PRAYER: Lord, may Your abiding presence be a living reality in my life today. May I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that You are with me and that You are making all things possible! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
We all go through seasons of sadness, depression, fear and doubt. Many great men of God in the Bible, like Moses, Job, Elijah went through overwhelming valleys of doubts and fears. Elijah wanted God to take his life. Moses ran away in fear, Job cursed the day he was born. King David cried out in sadness many times through the psalms. Paul wrote, “God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (2 Corinthians 7:6), certainly knew seasons of darkness and despair. So if you find yourself under the heavy weight of depression today, you’re not alone in your struggle. God knows your suffering. Your dark circumstances are not beyond His power to heal, restore and redeem. God will give you a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3
Lack of hope is the ultimate agony in suffering. We all suffer, go through disappointments, distress and challenges that are seemingly insurmountable. Our Lord, however, seeks our joy, and gives us hope. Jesus said, ‘truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.’ In other words He is saying, You are going through a brief time of sorrow and pain, and you’re going to come out the other side, and your grief will be turned into joy like how during child-birth we go through pain and anguish but in the end produces abundant joy.
No matter what this life looks like, may we find our joy in God, in Christ and in the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, and in His word.
Daniel confidently proclaimed God’s sovereignty over time and circumstance when he declared, “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them” (Daniel 2:20-21). And Acts 14:17 reminds us that the changing seasons are a gift from above: “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons.” Just as there are seasons of the year, there are also God-ordained seasons of life. Often there is success, sometimes there is failure. There are seasons of health and seasons of sickness, seasons of certainty and seasons of doubt and disappointment. There are happy days and lonely nights. Happy are they who find joy in every season of life. God knows where you are today and He knows where you will be tomorrow.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Why don’t things turn out the way I want? Why do I have to be the one to suffer when everyone around me are seemingly happy? Sometimes, we wish we could write our own story! Maybe, today nothing makes sense in your life. Everything seems to be just a heap of ashes. But our God makes beauty out of ashes. He can use your broken life to bring healing and hope to someone who is going through similar paths. Oh that we would trust Him even if the twists and turns never make sense this side of heaven. That’s what trusting God is all about. The dark places are simply opportunities to trust that God knows best and He can write a better story, more than you can ask or think.
There is something great that happens when we praise the Lord. It is really hard to be down and discouraged when we are praising Him. You know praise gets our thoughts off of us and our situations and puts them on God. When I consider myself, I think of only what I can do. I am limiting myself to my own ability and to my own resources. But, when I praise God, my focus changes to Him and His power and abilities. I am so thankful that my God is so much more than I will ever need. I will never exhaust His resources. He will defend me in the face of my enemies and cause me to triumph in all things. That is why we can say along with David, I will bless the Lord at all times, and His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms 34:1
The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you. Deuteronomy 31:8
– The Lord knows the situations that come your way.
– He’s making a way for you.
– He is already placing what you will need in your future.
– Nothing catches God by surprise, He knows and His plan is a ‘great deliverance’.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You Yourself go before me and You will be with me. You will never leave me nor forsake me and You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. In Jesus’ Name Amen.
Psalm 18:16-19 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.
God delights in you! When disaster comes, He is there to give you the help and support you need.
Dear Lord, Sometimes I feel alone and discouraged. Thank You for the reminder that You delight in me. When nobody can help, You have come to my aid. Thank You Jesus, Amen.