Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 09-27-22

Intro: Over the last few hours, I have needed to cling to my place of spiritual rest—trust in the Lord. The enemy has been busy trying to shift me from that place of confident trust by getting my thoughts focused on the hurricane that looms in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as concern for the vast preparation that lies ahead for my day. These are the things I am thinking and praying about this morning when usually this is my sabbath and I typically plan to relax and get recharged.

I am not afraid of the storm. However, I am aware there are many people I deeply love who will either be sheltering alone, perhaps needing to be evacuated, or find themselves activated to work as first responders. I cannot change the service work my precious loved ones must rise to champion, but I can be present to help with those who may be alone or need a safe place to stay. Truthfully, should the storm stay on the present projected path, I will have to evacuate my home.

For a few moments this morning I felt unsettled in my soul; then, I realized I was actually experiencing the encroachment of a dual storm: a physical storm named, Ian, and a spiritual storm named, Satan. What is my priority now that I know I am dealing with a storm doubleheader? I have chosen to sit quietly for a spell, write this devotion a day in advance, and await God’s Wisdom about what preparation is necessary as I love God and others. “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him!” (Ps 62:5).

While I have been sitting here quietly at my computer praying and meditating on our passage for today, I have received multiple text messages from members of our spiritual family looking to take care of others who may need shelter, help, or prayer. The Spirit called me to this quiet place this morning to reassure me salvation is right now, in this present moment, found in the love of God. Do you realize how precious that revelation is to me? It’s like God showing me how much love we, as a spiritual family, have for Him as we seek to love and care for others in need (Mat 22:37). It is the living Gospel my friends; Christ in action. What a blessing this past hour has been to sit quietly and watch the work of the Body being led by our Lord. Jesus is so faithful! So loving! So Good! What a Shepherd and Lord we serve!

When we have built our hope and lives on the SOLID ROCK of Jesus the Savior, we are secure and safe. The storms of life will most assuredly rage, but our faith must remain fixed and anchored to the Rock that no enemy can reach! Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
So make seeking Christ your priority, today. Pray for the storm to weaken and for people in its path to be safe. And, look for the power of God to care for His children! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend upon your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Pro 3:5-6).

Psalm 62:5-8 NLT
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,    for my hope is in him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,    my fortress where I will not be shaken.

My victory and honor come from God alone.    He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

O my people, trust in him at all times.    Pour out your heart to him,    for God is our refuge.

Prayer: Lord, I want to thank and praise you for the love you impart to your children. You have revealed that to me today in the most tangible ways. We have just entered the Ten Days of Awe and a time for turning repentant hearts toward you for renewal. May those who know you, hold faithfully to your promise of salvation. And, may those who have yet to know you, reach for you today and the new beginning that is found in you alone. Precious Lord, take our hands and lead us on. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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