Each morning–or honestly I should say, most mornings or at night!–I read a short devotional from Life-Changing Moments with God: Praying Scripture Every Day by David Jeremiah. Each day’s reading begins with a succinct summation followed by a compilation of verses from the Bible and closes with a short prayer and then the verse references.
This morning? Do you see that hammer? Well, the reading today left me amazed and humbled at yet another time when God’s Word makes a direct hit on the tenuous, weak spot in my heart. I won’t go into all the details; the details aren’t really what’s important. What’s important is. . .
WHATEVER is happening in my world or in your world–from the smallest hiccup to wrenching devastation–rest assured God knows about it. Alistair Begg at TruthForLife outlined a terrific perspective:
- I am here by God’s appointment.
- I am in His keeping.
- In appointing my trials and keeping me, I am in His training program.
- I am in His training program for as long as He wants me in it.
We are in His training program for the refinement of our souls–to develop godliness and holiness and the steadfast patience James write of in James 1. We know God loves us–He REALLY loves us, so let’s decide to be both patient and yielding in that process.
And that’s what today’s scripture reading focused on. Let me share it with you and I so pray it blesses you:
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.
“Lord God, I have heard, and I know: You, the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faint nor are weary. You give power to the weak, and to those of us who have no might You increase strength. I will not fear, for You are with me; I will not be dismayed, for You are my God.
“You will strengthen me, yes, You will help me. You will uphold me with Your righteous right hand. You haven been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
“The testing of my faith produces patience. So let patience have its perfect work, that I may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. I do not cast away my confidence, which has great reward. For I have need of endurance, so that after I have done Your will, Lord God, I may receive the promise.”
Teach me to wait on You, to know Your presence with me, to find strength in You, and to persevere in my faith.
Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 40:28-29; Isaiah 41:10; Isaiah 25:4; James 1:3-4; Hebrews 10:35-36
Whether physical or mental hurricanes are battering you today, know our Lord and Savior is walking beside you. Keep your eyes in His Word and on Christ, and press on!