He is our eternal refuge; He can provide strength in any circumstance

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, January 7, 2017

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Today’s 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; He can provide strength in any circumstance.

God is always there to help, providing refuge, security, and peace. God’s power is complete and his ultimate victory is certain. (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.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – “What is impossible for mortals is possible for God” (Luke 18:27).

Tito Bombo’s (Luanda, Angola) story is titled “WONDERFUL, ISN’T IT?” Here is a portion of Tito’s story:

“My father always sought to show us real-life stories of how God acts in our lives. One of those stories occurred in 1962, after the beginning of Angola’s liberation struggle, when we were forced to take refuge in the woods far from our fields. One day my father and my cousin Martha were looking for food on the banks of the Dande River. While attempting to return to the other side, my father – already loaded with goods and walking on a log bridge – slipped and fell. He was immediately swept away by the strong current of the waters. Since he did not know how to swim, he fought desperately for his life. When he became exhausted, he thought, Lord, thy will be done. (See [below] Matt. 6:10, 26:42.) Then as the waters carried him away, suddenly he felt something solid beneath him. Reinvigorated, he realized that he had been washed onto a large rock at the side of the turbulent river.

“What a wonderful example of how we can all relinquish control of our lives to God’s unending care! This story reminds me of times I have struggled to solve problems on my own, only to have the solution unexpectedly appear when I’m finally able to let go and turn the problem over to God.”

Prayer: Dear God, in times of distress, help us to remember that our salvation is in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

* When we pray “May your will be done,” we are not resigning ourselves to fate but praying that God’s perfect purpose will be accomplished in this world as well as in the next.  (NLT)

Matthew 6:10 – [Jesus said] “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven.

Matthew 26:42 – Again he [Jesus] left them and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done.”

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