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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 21, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
[When you meet new trials, review how good He has been to you.]
Memories of God’s miracles and faithfulness sustained Israel through their difficulties. They knew that God was capable and trustworthy. When you meet new trials, review how good God has been to you and this will strengthen your faith. (NLT)
Psalm 77:1-12 – I cry out to God without holding back. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I pray, with hands lifted toward heaven, pleading. There can be no joy for me until he acts. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help.
You don’t let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray! I think of the good old days, long since ended, when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and think about the difference now. Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again show me favor? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? Has God forgotten to be kind? Has he slammed the door on his compassion?
And I said, “This is my fate, that the blessings of the Most High have changed to hatred.” I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about them.
Quoted verse: The psalmist wrote, “I remembered my songs in the night.” — Psalm 77:6 (NIV)
“Story” – T. G. Johnson (Kerala, India) titled his story “FINDING REST;” here is T. G.’s story:
“My wife, Mercy, lay on the hospital bed, struggling with severe pain as cancer cells spread through her body. Even then she enjoyed hearing and singing Christian songs. She rested her head on the table near the bed as she listened to her music. She also prayed for her fellow patients.
“Mercy particularly liked to sing one song, which invites us to come to Jesus when we are weary and lean on Jesus to rest. She told me that she found great comfort leaning on Jesus – just as the song said. On September 17, 2005, she placed her head in my hands. Her breathing slowed as she entered her heavenly home for eternal rest.
“Even though her death created a void for me and my dear ones, I thank God for Mercy’s witness. She could remain calm and sing even when she passed through her deepest darkness. Such a faithful witness was the result of her experience of leaning on Jesus. Her life and death continue to give hope to all who knew her.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When we are weary we can lean on Jesus.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, we pray for all who suffer from deadly diseases. Be with them as they pass through the valley of deepest darkness. Enable them to lean on you and find rest. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE SUFFERING SERIOUS ILLNESS
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