Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 06-29-23

Intro: The other day I witnessed the most beautiful sunset and what rose up in my heart was the amazing power of God to create, maintain order, and sustain all of nature. Oh, and beyond that piece of truth, I felt the assurance this same wonderful God occupies my heart, your heart, and all of genuine life is found in him. So, it was with great joy that I praised him for the love that fills my life with amazing experiences and wonderful family and friends! Watching this sunset became an inspiring place of worship.

In our passage today, we learn the same power that reveals the light of God’s glorious presence in nature—all of creation—and keeps it in order is the same God who protects the lives of his children and makes us strong. Some days we may feel weak and unable to bear the darkness that presses in, but we must look beyond our limits to see the God of perfect love who knows no darkness or limits. His grace is sufficient and his strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor 12:8-10).

In our weakness, God is strong; this is the beauty of God’s favor and salvation in Christ. We can know the power of the Creator who is our personal Hero; Christ prevails in strength and power to lead us forward into abundant life in his glorious and shining character. If we never find ourselves “unable,” we will never know the One by faith who says, “I AM!”

Psalm 89:15-18 NLT
How happy are those who have learned how to praise You;
    those who journey through life by the light of Your face.
Every hour of the day, they rejoice at the sound of Your name.
    They are lifted up and encouraged by Your righteousness.
For You are the beauty of their strength.
    On account of Your favor, our strength, our horn [power], is increased.
For our shield of protection comes from the Eternal,
    and the Holy One of Israel has given us our king.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for placing your beautiful glory before us each day. In spite of the darkness, we see your shinning perfection and experience your strong protection. Continue to be our shield, Lord. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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