Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 08-09-22

August 9, 2022
Intro: Most every day we encounter problems to be solved; therefore, we must seek Christ who has been made Wisdom for us (1 Cor 1:30). Whenever possible, we usually try to avoid trouble, but when that isn’t an option we need to face the adversity with Wisdom. In Scripture, Jesus teaches this fallen world provides tribulations [trouble, adversity, grief, setbacks, etc], but we are to take heart and hold onto the supernatural peace he has given us (John 16:33). Have you ever been tempted to run away from adversity and trouble?

In our passage today, David deals with his problems and fear by applying a strategy of trust and confidence. In fact, the opposite of fear is confidence. Now, placing confidence in our own abilities to deal with the adversities of life is precarious at best. Instead, we need to place our confidence in Christ; in so doing we are automatically taking a stand against fear. Every time you prevail over fear, you are growing stronger spiritually. Problems and troubles are opportunities for growth no matter how hard we try to avoid them. The next time you face something difficult, place your confidence in God. Realize the righteous, as well as the wicked face adversity; no one can avoid tribulation. However, Jesus makes all the difference in how we manage adversity. Place your confidence [trust] in God and be victorious, today.

Psalm 11 (NLT) For the choir director: A psalm of David.

I trust in the Lord for protection.So why do you say to me,    “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!

The wicked are stringing their bows    and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.They shoot from the shadows    at those whose hearts are right.

The foundations of law and order have collapsed.    What can the righteous do?”

But the Lord is in his holy Temple;    the Lord still rules from heaven.He watches everyone closely,    examining every person on earth.

The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.    He hates those who love violence.

He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked,    punishing them with scorching winds.

For the righteous Lord loves justice.    The virtuous will see his face.

Prayer: Lord, when I face tribulation, please help me turn to place my confidence in you. I know you will provide Wisdom and help me through every problem I face. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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