Help, refuge, security, peace

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, June 18, 2015

Scripture reading:

The fear of mountains or cities suddenly crumbling into the sea as the result of an earthquake or a nuclear blast haunts many people today. But the psalmist says that even if the world ends, we need not fear. In the face of utter destruction, the writer expressed a quiet confidence in God’s ability to save him. It seems impossible to consider the end of the world without becoming consumed by fear, but the Bible is clear—God is our refuge even in the midst of total destruction. He is not merely a temporary retreat, he is our eternal refuge and can provide strength in any circumstance.

War and destruction are inevitable, but so is God’s final victory. At that time, all will stand quietly before the Lord Almighty. How proper, then, for us to be still now, reverently honoring him and his power and majesty. Take time each day to be still and to exalt God. (NLT)

Psalm 46:1-11 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God himself lives in that city, it cannot be destroyed. God will protect it at the break of day. The nations are in an uproar, and kingdoms crumble! God thunders, and the earth melts!

The Lord Almighty is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world and causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear in two; he burns the shields with fire.

“Be silent, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

The Lord Almighty is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” – 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)

Prayer to help those hurting






Valerie Battle Kienzle (Missouri) titled her story “STOP, LOOK, LISTEN;” here is a portion of Valerie’s story:

“My life can be hectic and hurried: rushing out the door to work, caring for children and other loved ones, preparing meals, dealing with unexpected interruptions and emergencies. . .

“Early in the year the church pastors offered us a challenge: Slow down. Let God get your attention. Look around. Listen. Take five minutes each day to notice life.

“I accepted the challenge, and the results have been surprising. . .

“By slowing down for a few moments to be open to God and the life around me, I saw that each day is full of blessings. The challenge is to take time to notice.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will slow down and be thankful for life’s blessings.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the many blessings that come to us each day. Help us to slow down and to appreciate all that you give us. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link:

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems: ; ;;

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