Devotion for July 10, 2022

“You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.” (Psalm 65:5, NIV)

Is your hope strong today? God is thinking about you and lining up some ways to show how much He loves you. It’s okay to let go of the things you were worrying about last night and get excited about seeing how God is going to take care of every single one of them. He’s going to answer your heart’s cry, be sure of it. God answers even when we don’t ask. He steps in with strength to shore up our weaknesses because He’ll never leave us alone. We’re going to get through because God is who He says He is.

If we sat down to make a list of the things He’s done for us this week, what would it look like? Would seven sunrises and sunsets make the cut? Those are pretty awesome answers to the question, “Is God faithful?” Would every moment He gives us to love the people in our lives be noted? Those are amazing answers to the question, “Is God good?” Would a home, a good friend, a kind neighbor, health, peace, strength, and joy be written down? Those are comforting answers to the question, “Does God meet my needs?” Jesus did what He did so we can be sure the Father will do what He says. And everything He does is driven by love.

Next time you start to feel the darkness of the world closing in a little, try to remember the last thing God did to make you smile. No good thing in our lives is accidental, no matter how small. God’s love is in all of them. My dad and mom went to heaven last year, three months apart. Since then, I’ve noticed a pair of cardinals at the feeder outside my window. I giggle as I watch the female sit on the fence while the male cardinal picks up dinner and feeds it to her. Dad waited on Mom quite a bit toward the end and did it so lovingly. Watch closely. Light will come to make you smile, and Love will be the One sending it.

Prayer

Father, Your love surrounds me and Your hope carries me. My heart is incredibly thankful. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike