Devotion for August 8, 2023

“The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.” (Psalms 11:4)

The psalmist asked, “When the foundations for good collapse, what can good people do?” (v. 3). Then he goes on to answer his own question: “The LORD sits on his throne in heaven.” When sickness comes, when your marriage fails, when your children suffer, when death strikes, what are you to do? Remember that God is still on the throne, and He is watching over you. No detail escapes His notice or care. He works according to a plan, and it’s not usually a plan we can understand when we’re going through hard times. Only in looking back do we realize that His goodness and mercy have followed us all the days of our lives (see Psalm 23:6).

Joseph landed in prison. Moses spent forty years in the desert. Daniel ended up in chains. These were dismal moments. Who could possibly have seen any good in them? Who could have known that Joseph the prisoner was only a single promotion away from becoming Joseph the prime minister? Who would have thought God was providing Moses forty years of wilderness training in the same desert through which he would lead the people? Who would have imagined that Daniel the captive would soon become the king’s counsellor? God carries out His plans like that.

He did it for Joseph, Moses, and Daniel — and He will do the same for you — so trust Him. He will give you the grace you need to get through this situation. When you ask, “God, where are you?” He answers, “I am with you and will watch over you … I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Genesis 28:15).

Prayer

Lord, be there with Your strength and love when I have lost my way. Be with me when I don’t have the answers or know which direction to go. Let Your wisdom and grace surround me each and every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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