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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Carrying your worries, stresses, and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life. It takes humility, however, to recognize that God cares, to admit your need, and to let others in God’s family help you. Sometimes we think that struggles caused by our own sin and foolishness are not God’s concern. But when we turn to God in repentance, he will bear the weight even of those struggles. Letting God have your anxieties calls for action, not passivity. Don’t submit to circumstances but to the Lord, who controls circumstances. (NLT)
1 Peter 5:5-7 – You younger men, accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God sets himself against the proud, bet he shows favor to the humble.”
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
The Lord says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.” –Isaiah 43:2 (NRSV)
Michael Sanders (Michigan) titled his story “WHEN WE ARE OVERWHELMED;” here is Michael’s story:
“Sometimes I am overwhelmed – by too much change in a short amount of time or too many projects half done or too many conflicts unresolved. I’ve found that when I get truly overwhelmed I can get to the point of not doing much of anything because I am unable to do everything.
“In a church I was pastoring many years ago, I felt that way. A good friend noticed, took me aside and said, ‘This parish didn’t get this way in a month or a year. You can’t do everything, especially right away. Do what you can and give the rest a nod and a prayer.’
“At first, I thought perhaps this advice did not take the situation seriously; but the more I thought on it, the better I understood. A nod and a prayer was and is fitting advice for overwhelming situations. A nod indicates that we see the problem; we are not turning a blind eye to it or ignoring it. That problem will just have to wait its turn. A prayer says that for the moment we are leaving it in the hands of God. Perhaps God has another servant equipped and better prepared for the challenge. With a nod and a prayer, we allow ourselves and others to answer God’s call to do the work set before us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What is God calling me to let go of today?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for helping us when we feel overwhelmed. Help us to remember that not every task is ours alone to complete. Amen.
Prayer Focus: HUMILITY TO ASK FOR HELP
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