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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, April 6, 2020
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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 answered me; He freed me from all my fears.]
God promises great blessings to his people, but many of these blessings require active participation. He will set us free from our fears, guard and defend us, show us goodness, supply our needs, listen when we call to him, and redeem us, but we must do our part. We can appropriate his blessings when we trust him; cry out to him; take refuge in him; fear him; refrain from lying; turn from evil, do good, and search for peace; are brokenhearted; and serve him. (NLT)
Psalm 34:1-8 – I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Quoted verse: Happy are those who take refuge in [the Lord]. –Psalm 34: (NRSV)
“Story” – Volya Koruderlieva’s (Varna, Bulgaria) story is titled “COMFORT AND HOPE;” here is a portion of Volya’s story:
“Many years ago, after a walk in the park, my children and I were heading home. Unexpectedly, my younger daughter tore her had from mine and ran out into the street directly into the path of a car. In a moment, I felt like my whole life was broken. I closed my eyes and asked God, ‘Why?’ I dreaded the thought of looking underneath that car.
“When I did, I thanked God that it was not as bad as I had feared. My daughter had fallen between the wheels, and the driver had been driving slowly. To my surprise, the driver came to the hospital . . . to say he was sorry despite the fact that it was not his fault.
“To this day, I give thanks to God for protecting my child. Reading the Bible regularly has shown me that we can seek God not only when we face difficulties and fear but in every situation, good or bad. God’s word in scripture gives me comfort and hope for my life’s journey.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Whether I am fearful or joyful, God is with me.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for your caring love every day, not only in the most terrifying moments of our lives but in joyful times as well. Help us to trust you and to have thankful hearts. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED
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