Good morning everyone,
Many of us have experienced difficult times in our lives and probably some of us are going through trials as I write this devotional. Life is about dealing with those setbacks in a way that pleases our Lord. There is no formula or set of guidelines dealing with issues other than praying about it as it says in Psalm 28! O Lord, You are my rock of safety. Please help me; don't refuse to answer me. For if You are silent, I might as well give up and die. Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to You for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary. Don't drag me away with the wicked---with those who do evil---those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts. Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others. They care nothing for what the Lord has done or for what His hands have made. So He will tear them down like old buildings, and they will never be rebuilt! Praise the Lord! For He has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord protects His people and gives victory to His anointed king. Save Your people! Bless Israel, Your special possession! Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them forever in your arms. No matter what obstacles you are faced with, God is our only real source of safety. Prayer is our best help when trials come our way because it keeps us in communion with God. If we dine regularly with the Lord, He delights in us not coming to Him just when we are in trouble!!! As you approach the New Year, commit to spending your first minutes awake with Him and see where it goes!! I guarantee you will be Blessed!
Your brother in Christ,