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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, May 10, 2019
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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:
. . . With his love, he will calm all your fears. – Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)
The Lord himself will remove his hand of judgment, disperse Israel’s enemies, and come to live among his people. He will give them gladness. Zephaniah points out that gladness results when we allow God to be with us. We do that by faithfully following him and obeying his commands. Then God rejoices over us with singing. If you want to be happy, draw close to the source of happiness by obeying God. (NLT)
Zephaniah 3:14-20 – Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! For the Lord will remove his hand of judgment and will disperse the armies of your enemy. And the Lord himself, the King of Israel, will live among you! At last your troubles will be over, and you will fear disaster no more.
On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, “Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid! For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song.”
“I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals; you will be disgraced no more. And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you. I will save the weak and helpless ones; I will bring together those who were chased away. I will give glory and renown to my former exiles, who have been mocked and shamed. On that day I will gather you together and bring you home again. I will give you a good name, a name of distinction among all the nations of the earth. They will praise you as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Quoted verse: The Lord, your God, is in your midst . . .; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. – Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSV)
“Story” – Kate Underwood (Illinois, USA) titled her story “HOPE OUT OF DESPAIR;” here is Kate’s story:
“As a sophomore in college, I found myself floundering, depressed, and unsure of myself. No major event had triggered it; I couldn’t explain why I felt so alone. While I still believed in God, I began to doubt that my life was worth anything to God. It was a struggle just to get out of bed every morning and go through the motions of each day.
“Though that year was painful, I did learn one crucial lesson: God is never nearer to me than when I am suffering. And that suffering was not a punishment from God; rather, it forced me to stop relying on my own strength and abilities as the sources for my worth. I learned to lean on God and the powerful truths of the Bible, not on my own unpredictable emotions. God loved me. God had good plans for my life. God would not hold my sins against me. Those truths anchored my soul amid the storm-tossed waves.
“As I navigated the sadness and sorrow of depression, my prayer life grew and deepened. My heart clung to the truths in the Bible. Gradually, through the help of many who reached out to me, prayed with me, encouraged me, and counseled me, I found my way out of despair. Then I realized that I had not been abandoned; instead, God had filled me with hope.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I’m hurting, God is near.
Prayer: Dear God, when we’re tempted to despair, teach us to put our hope in you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION
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