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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Pilots put confidence in their planes. Commuters place confidence in trains, cars, or buses. Each day we must put our confidence in something or someone. If you are willing to trust a plane or car to get you to your destination, are you willing to trust God to guide you here on earth and to your eternal destination? Do you trust him more than any human being? How futile it is to trust anything or anyone more than God. (NLT)
Psalm 118:5-14 – In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and rescued me. The Lord is for me, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me. It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in people. It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
Though hostile nations surrounded me, I destroyed them all in the name of the Lord. Yes, they surrounded and attacked me, but I destroyed them all in the name of the Lord. They swarmed around me like bees; they blazed against me like a roaring flame. But I destroyed them all in the name of the Lord. You did your best to kill me, O my enemy, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my victory. Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. –1 Chronicles 16:8 (NRSV)
Mark A. Carter (Texas) titled his story “THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:
“As a public-utility worker for many years, I went out on service calls – often at odd times and to bad situations. . . . I was often accused of being incompetent, irresponsible, and even sometimes of causing the problem in order to get overtime pay. Such words hardened my heart and caused me to have bad feelings about others. But usually at least one person in every crowd would say, ‘Thank you for being here.’ Those words of gratitude always outweighed whatever bad things others might have said.
“We all have experienced sudden disruptions in our lives – the kind that no call to an ordinary service worker could fix. In these moments we need help that only the Lord can provide. And we can trust that when we call to God in prayer, no matter the time or place, God is there for us. And to God we can always say, ‘Thank you for being here.’”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is always ready to listen to me.
Prayer: O holy Father, never let us forget that when we call on you in faith, you will be there to give us strength. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV). Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/