Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 12-8-22

Intro: If we are going to remain in the supernatural peace [Heb. shalom/Gk. eirene] of God, we will need to respect God’s guidance about where we place our trust and confidence. We do not trust everyone; sadly, not everyone is trustworthy. If we foolishly build our confidence [and lives] upon what people can do for us, we will be unsettled and distraught most of the time. The biblical definition of trust is an action based on the bold confidence we have in someone or something. Therefore, believers wisely place their complete trust in the loyalty, truth, ability, and strength of Almighty God.

The prophet Isaiah reminds us about the connection between trust and peace, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed upon you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal rock” (Isaiah 26:3-4). We all need stability in our lives, so making Christ our foundation of peace is the place to start, because he alone can bear our load (Mat 11:28-30).

In our passage today, the psalmist sings praises to God for his divine help. Human beings can never save us, so we cannot place our trust in the fallible and have peace. Rather, real peace is found in the infallible love of God who because of the OT covenant he has made with Abraham and the NT covenant Jesus affirms with his followers, he will always be there in our times of need. The enemy comes each day to knock us off our foundation and shake our faith in the Lord’s care. However, keep your thoughts fixed on the Lord, because God is our Helper (Ps 121:1-2). The enemy must bow to the power of Christ. Peace be with you, today!

Psalm 146:5-6 NLT
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being our Helper. You are always there for me, so I trust you completely. Help all your children abide with you in peace, today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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