TOPIC: Our Refuge
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. – Psalm 34:6 (NIV)
The Upper Room Devotional 2nd January 2023 MESSAGE
I was going through a difficult time in my life which often made me feel hopeless and afraid. I was ashamed of my feelings because I thought that as a Christian, I should have a better response to my problems. Amid my hopelessness and fear, I was reminded of the words of David and the other authors of the psalms. Their words are honest and heartfelt, and meditating on the Psalms has helped me to be more honest with God about my feelings.
God desires a deeper relationship with us, and through our relationship with God we are comforted and encouraged to keep going. God is our refuge.
Though our problems may be overwhelming and beyond our control, we can rest assured that the God of Jacob is with us. As we read in Psalm 46, we need only to be still and acknowledge God’s power and presence.
Lord God, you know the problems we are going through. Help us to share our feelings honestly with you, our safe place. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I can find comfort in God when I honestly share my feelings.
Those facing difficult situations
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Dear God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
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