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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, May 25, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
He is always there to help, providing refuge, security, peace. God’s power is complete and his ultimate victory is certain. He will not fail to rescue those who love him.
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. (NLT)
Psalm 46:1-7 – 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.
We will not fear . . . though [the sea’s] waters roar and foam. –Psalm 46:2-3 (NIV)
Bob Peterson (Texas) titled his story “THE SUDDEN STORM;” here is a portion of Bob’s story:
“My bass-fishing partner and I were enjoying a good catch on Lake Livingston in Texas. The weather had been perfect until a fierce storm blew up rather quickly. . . .
“Just in time, we spotted an empty, covered boat dock in the back of a small cove just off the creek channel. The dock became our refuge while the storm raged.
“The rain came so heavily and so fast that we could see a foaming stream of runoff rushing in the main channel about two feet above the water level. . . . We learned later that a tornado had touched down nearby.
“As I reflect on that day, I remember those times when the storms of life arise, often without warning. These storms can frighten us with their challenges and interrupt our dreams.
“But just like the boat dock offered shelter from the thunderstorm, we can find shelter in the arms and protection of God. What comfort to know that God hears our prayers and is working for good in all the circumstances of our lives!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can always find refuge in God’s loving arms
Prayer: Almighty and loving God, thank you for hearing our prayers and for giving us reguge, security, and peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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