Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/
DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, May 18, 2019
For more Helpful Inspirational Material:
May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb ♥
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:
Waiting on the Lord is the patient expectation that He will fulfill His promises in his Word and strengthen us to rise above life’s difficulties. It means to completely trust in God. (NLT)
Isaiah 40:27-31 – O Israel, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Quoted verse: Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. – Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)
“Story” – Ken Claar (Idaho, USA) titled his story “OUR PATIENT GOD;” here is a portion of Ken’s story:
“When I was about five years old I had a heart disease called endocarditis. In those days this disease was very serious, and my life was threatened for almost a year. My family members were not Christians; but because we lived in a small town, the Sunday school in the local church heard about me and sent a teacher and a small group of kids . . . to visit me.
“I don’t remember much about the visit, but I recall that they gave me a small shiny plaque with a picture of Jesus holding a lamb. It said that Jesus is the good shepherd. They wrote some kind messages on the back of it . . . Somehow, through all our family’s moves and the many moves my wife and I made during our marriage, I managed to keep that little plaque. . . .
“Later in my Christian life, the plaque became one of my prized possessions. It reminded me that God is faithful and patient with us, waiting and being available when we finally realize our need for him. As the verse above says, ‘They who wait for the Lord will renew their strength.’ I gained spiritual strength and physical healing, and I am still going strong at 85 years old. God is faithful and true, and the sooner we come to God, the longer we can honor God and walk with Jesus Christ.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will follow as God leads me to help others start their journey to faith.
Prayer: Dear Lord, bless all who have been touched by your care, and bring them to a true faith in Jesus our savior. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CHILDREN WHO ARE CRITICALLY ILL
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/