God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear …. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:1-2A, 10A (NASB)
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today we wrap up our week and series. Our series was about managing the pressure points of life that create ongoing tension and difficulty for us. The series began with a look at Discipleship. The focus was on the tension between living for ourselves and living for God. This provided the foundation for the weeks that followed which included the pressure points of time, relationships, and money. This week we moved from the impact of “tension” from areas of life that we are always needing to manage, to the toll of “trauma” from troubles in our lives that we are trying to survive.
These troubles often show up in the areas of life we are trying to manage and they escalate us from merely dealing with “tension” to dealing with “trauma.” As we have seen this week these are the kind of troubles we are powerless to change and cause us to experience significant pain and sorrow. They come with living in a fallen and broken world and certainly we would rather not have them in our lives. They are things that God has evidently allowed to show up and stay in our lives for the sake of the bigger scheme of things that he, and he alone has in mind.
We have looked at different Psalms throughout the week which have helped us see how God makes himself available to us in times of trouble. We have seen how he ministers to our deepest needs as we face the challenges of painful experiences produced by troubles that come into our lives. In the middle of constant and long-term troubles, like severe illness, loss of loved ones, divorce, disabilities, past disasters, mental illness, etc., God’s grace, presence, power, and comfort make all the difference and help us live triumphantly day by day.
God back and read through the Psalms included in this week’s Devotional set and write down the phrases or sentences that are most meaningful to you. Include all of today’s Scripture in your list. Keep this in your Bible and read it over and over. Let the meaning and reality of these truths take deep root in your heart and soul. The more they take root, the stronger your connection with God will become. The stronger your connection with God becomes, the more he will be able to be everything he wants to be to you so that your navigate victoriously through the “tension” and “trauma” of life.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Use your list of portions from this week’s Psalms to help you write out your own prayer response to God. May God bless you richly today! Amen!
Posted on Sat, February 6, 2016
by Alan Porter