This morning during my quiet time from the Lord, it was a similar theme to yesterday…..gaining strength from God during our times of trouble. Are we going through some trials right now? Yep, we are, some of them seem really minor compared to what others are going through (I have a dear friend who’s husband is serving a prison sentence for a crime that he DID NOT commit….I know that many of you are thinking “ya, that’s what they all say”, but honestly, this man DID NOT commit this crime, and his options for an appeal were eliminated earlier this month, so my friend is left to carry on carrying on and raising her children until the love of her life is released.) Our trials pale in comparison to what she is going through because our family is intact, we aren’t faced with mounting legal bills that seem never ending, we have a steady income, etc. HOWEVER I know that the burdens that God allows for each of us are different! I’m not meant to have my friend’s trials, and she’s not meant to have mine, but we walk together through what God has allowed in our lives to strengthen us, to sharpen us, to turn us towards Him in reliance and self-sacrifice.
My quiet time right now consists of a couple of different devotionals at the time. The first one is “Our Daily Bread” which comes in magazine form in a 3 month format, OR if you have a smart phone or a tablet computer with the android os or the iOS, you can get the Our Daily Bread app and read your daily devotion on your devices. (I use my phone because I can access it in our Sunday School class, and that is what we use for our SS devotions each week). The other tool that I use is also on my phone and it is also available to other devices or even your home computer…..I use the YouVersion Bible reading plans. Over the course of the past few years I’ve done a few different plans, and they are often updating their plans to include new reading plans and devotionals. The two that I am currently using are the Life Application Study Bible devotion and the English Standard Version Study Bible reading plan but if you go to the Reading Plans page, they have TONS of reading plans and devotionals for you to choose from….everything from 2 or 3 day plans to 2 year plans…..something for everyone, including the young people in your life.
Today’s devotion from the Life Application Study Bible devotional said this:
Memories of God’s miracles and faithfulness sustained Israel through it’s difficulties. The Israelites knew that God was capable and trustworthy. When you meet new trials, review how good God has been to you, and this will strengthen your faith.
Psalms 77:11-12 But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.
God’s faithfulness is easy (for me, I’m not saying it’s easy for everyone, FOR ME) to remember and trust in because I have seen it exhibited in my life from my very earliest years. Even before I ever trusted Christ as my Lord and Savior. I can look back in my life and see God’s fingerprints all over every bit of my life. Yes, He allowed (and will continue to allow) hardships and trials, and yes, even some injustices in my life, but He has brought me through every one of those trials, and I can trust that He will continue to bring me through every one of them now. I know that I can trust our finances and our car problems and even our daughter’s chronic health issues and the risks of the medications in His VERY capable and VERY trustyworthy hands.
Here’s another reminder of that from this morning’s readings…..
Romans 8:26-28 (ESV) Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Even when we don’t know HOW to pray through our trials and our tribulations and our hurts and our grief, the Holy SPirit is right there at the base of the throne praying FOR US! How awesome is that? God Himself is interceding on our behalf! Blows my mind, but that is just a snippet of an example of how awesome our God is!