Monthly Archives: July 2017

August 2017 Devotion

HAS GOD FORGOTTEN?

There are times when we wonder if God has forgotten us. These feelings usually accompany extended periods of waiting or tribulation. Isaiah addresses this issue with the people of Zion. God’s answer applies to our lives as well.

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; the Lord has forgotten me.” Can a mother forget her 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; your walls are ever before me.” (Isaiah 49:14-16)

God’s passion for us is far greater than we can imagine. The poetic imagery of a mother is incredible. Beloved, The Almighty never forgets His offspring. G9od hates to see His children suffer.

Nothing moves me like watching first graders during the initial week of a new school year. The year is critical and difficult. They must learn to read, write, spell, add, and subtract. Forever gone are the carefree days of preschool. No one wipes their faces or helps them in the restroom. Maturity comes suddenly. Without this important transition, the child’s growth will be stunted.

As adults, we understand the importance of maturity. Therefore, we allow our children to suffer through the difficulties of first grade. We feel compassion towards them, but are wise enough not to interfere. Their sweet exhausted faces remind us that seasons in life are difficult.

Similarly, God allows us to endure difficulties for our benefit. We may feel like chaos has become the norm, but our Lord is watching carefully. He will never stop loving His kids. May the Lord’s comfort today remind you of His faithfulness.

July 2017 Devotion

FINDING PEACE

Did you know that peace is a choice? When the world seems chaotic, it is a tremendous benefit to have the solace that the Lord provides. Somehow, He quells our anxieties.  Trusting God provides the key.

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever; for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.” (Isaiah 26:3-4)

There are numerous promises in the Bible that God is going to keep with, or without, our cooperation. For example Jesus is returning to Earth. No action on our part will influence this event. God is going to do this. Other promises in the Bible are conditional. In other words, our cooperation is necessary to see a specific result. This is the case with the promise in Isaiah. Our action is required if we want to experience God’s perfect peace. We must rust God to receive this incredible blessing.

There is an old hymn, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” The verses capture the essence of this passage. Will we be wise enough to enjoy this feature of our faith? Can we really trust the Almiighty with our problems? May you experience God’s perfect peace today,.