Peace to a troubled heart

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, March 16, 2020

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – 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:

The way to bring peace to a troubled heart is to focus on God’s promises.  Trust him to do what he says.  (NLT)

Genesis 21:8-21 – When Isaac grew up and was about to be weaned, Abraham prepared a huge feast to celebrate the occasion.  But Sarah saw Ishmael—the son of Abraham and her Egyptian servant Hagar—making fun of her son, Isaac.  So she turned to Abraham and demanded, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son.  He is not going to share the inheritance with my son, Isaac.  I won’t have it!”

This upset Abraham very much because Ishmael was his son.  But God told Abraham, “Do not be upset over the boy and your servant.   Do whatever Sarah tells you, for Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.  But I will also make a nation of the descendants of Hagar’s son because he is your son, too.”

So Abraham got up early the next morning; prepared food and a container of water, and strapped them on Hagar’s shoulders.  Then he sent her away with their son, and she wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba.

When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush.  Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away.  “I don’t want to watch the boy die,” she said, as she burst into tears.

But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong?  Do not be afraid!  God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.  Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.”

Quoted verse: God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from the heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar?  Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.”  — Genesis 21:17 (NIV)

“Story” – Peter Veugelaers (Wellington, New Zealand) titled his story “DURING HARD TIMES;” here is a portion of Peter’s story:

“Working in the garden one sunny day made the world feel sweet, but the next day the sunny weather was gone.  I uprooted weeds with clouds overhead and a heavy heart.  . . .  Life is like that too – with good and bad times.  We never know what each new day will bring, but scripture assures us that even in difficult times God does not abandon us.

“. . .  Hagar was concerned that her boy would die.  But the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, bringing hope.  God led Hagar to a well where they found water to drink.  Hagar and Ishmael survived and were blessed in the end.

“Sometimes life is hard, but God doesn’t abandon us during those times.  Like Hagar and Ishmael, God sees us and is thinking of ways to help us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is working for good during the hard times.

Prayer: Loving God, help us through the crises and tragedies in life.  Amen.

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