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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, July 9, 2015
Going through rivers of difficulty will either cause you to drown or force you to grow stronger. If you go in your own strength, you are more likely to drown. If you invite the Lord to go with you, he will protect you.
All God’s people will be regathered when Christ comes to rule in peace over the earth. (NLT)
Isaiah 43:1-7 – But now, O Israel, the Lord who created you says: “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt, Ethiopia, and Seba as a ransom for your freedom. Others died that you might live. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you and your children from each and west and from north and south. I will bring my sons and daughters back to Israel from the distant corners of the earth. All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.”
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. — Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
Doris Hoover (Florida) titled her story “WAVES OF PEACE;” here is Doris’s story:
“Life had become complicated. Starting a new job and caring for my three children was hard enough, but I also had a sick parent and a brother who needed my help. I was exhausted from traveling from place to place. I needed a break. The ocean has always calmed me, so I drove to the beach. Strolling along the water’s edge, I soaked in the peacefulness of the moment. The gentle rhythm of the waves soothed my stress. My anxieties evaporated in the breeze, and I felt carefree and light. I wanted the moment to last forever.
“I left the beach determined to hold on to my sense of peace. I thanked God for my blessings and my difficulties. When I was overwhelmed, I prayed. God was my hiding place, and I trusted God to help me. My troubles didn’t disappear; but as I continued to pray, my stress was replaced by peace.
“I used to think I could be at peace only in the absence of problems, but God doesn’t promise a life free of stress. God promises peace in the midst of our troubles. Even though our circumstances may not change, our response to them can change. When we give our problems to God, peace washes over us like gentle ocean waves.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Peace is just a prayer away.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for helping us with the challenges of life. With each prayer, may we exhale our worries and inhale your peace. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE CARING FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY MEMBERS
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