Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 06-15-22

Intro: Two things believers should always remember about our faithful God’s covenant promises: 1) God’s promise of divine protection, and 2) God’s promise of divine provision. Life can seem pretty overwhelming at times, but we are never alone and are always surrounded by God’s protecting arms of love working in our behalf. He is our Creator and He knows our capabilities. As well, He knows our weaknesses, so he provides grace when we need it most.

Physical and spiritual attacks can threaten us, but God is our Protector. This world is fallen, my friends, and as a result we experience many hardships. David faced many angry and sinful people, but he still knew God was his Protector. Do you know God is your Protector? God is our spiritual hiding place; our refuge and shield. As well, He uses angels to protect us from evil (Ps 91:11-12). Actually, because God is the Creator, He can use anything as a means to protect His children. Sometimes, God even shields us from our own self-destructive behaviors.

God never promised that we would be exempt from the experience of physical pain or loss; He does promise to use all things as provision for us to grow spiritually stronger as we trust in His goodness. You are marked by the Spirit and you belong to the Lord. God has promised to protect His children from every spiritual attack and bring us into his glorious Kingdom (2 Tim 4:18).

Jesus—the Word of God—tells believers to ask God for provision, because the Father knows what we need (Mat 6:24-25). He will never withhold good things from those who walk with Him in righteousness into a quality of Kingdom life (Mat 6:33). The mystery of provision is revealed when we trust God and look for Him to bring the help we require. Sometimes, we just ask for the wrong things or with the wrong motives (James 4:3). May we remember God values righteous character development.

God’s love for you began before you were conceived in your mother womb, so He will always be Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord-Who-Provides and Jehovah-Ezer, The Lord-Our-Helper. If you are feeling overwhelmed today, David’s song is for you.
Psalm 124 (NLT) A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

What if the Lord had not been on our side?
    Let all Israel [people of God] repeat:

What if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us?

They would have swallowed us alive
    in their burning anger.

The waters would have engulfed us;
    a torrent would have overwhelmed us.

Yes, the raging waters of their fury
    would have overwhelmed our very lives.

Praise the Lord,
    who did not let their teeth tear us apart!

We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.
    The trap is broken, and we are free!

Our help is from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the spiritual protection and provision you bring to the lives of Your children. You raise us above this fallen mess Your creation has made of Your world. Please forgive us and help us overcome the things that try to overwhelm us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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