Devotion for September 2, 2023

“They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” (Psalm 34:5, NKJV)

We’ve heard it said many times, “There are two sides to everything.”

Our frame of reference comes from a variety of circumstances and situations: Upbringing, environment, health/wellness, family unit, economic status, culture, safety, tragedy, disasters and the list goes on. How we judge or measure things can be influenced by any combination of these kinds of things.

Some may view a glass of water as half full, others as half empty. It’s about perspectives. Everyone’s situation is different and personal. Our background influences how we view life.

Yet many overcome their own circumstances, in spite of unfortunate backgrounds, and rise above difficult situations to benefit others, giving them hope, encouragement and inspiration.

But Jesus is our everlasting hope! He encouraged everyone whose life He touched. He filled their cup with mercy, grace and love. “They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” (Psalm 34:5, NKJV)

He offered them freedom from burdens and sin. They each had a new lease on life from a whole new perspective, released from all that had gone before. Think how the blind, lame, leprous, demon-possessed and those who were shunned and outcast must have felt with new-found hope Jesus brought to them.

Jesus still provides this to us today. By placing our trust in the Lord as our Savior we have the assurance of a full and better life on earth and in heaven. Hope in God and praise Him!

Prayer

Father, I place my trust in Your sure and certain promises. Grant me Your strength and love to live my life according to Your Word and to the glory of Your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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