Daily Devotions: November 8, 2017

 Psalm 70

“But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!” vs. 5

There’s nothing like tough times to kindle a spark of faith in us. During the good years…when the stock market is up, our health is good, and family is doing well…we can go for long periods without even thinking about God. Months pass without a serious prayer…we can go for decades without darkening the door of a church. But when tragedy strikes, when enemies oppress us, or when disaster comes near, then it’s a different matter. On the evening of September 11, 2001, church doors were opened for prayer services and the next Sunday nearly every sanctuary was packed. Everywhere people raised their laments and questions to God; in that moment of deep darkness they sensed that God was their help and deliverer. It really comes down to a question of control. If we believe that we’re in charge and that our well-being is connected to our words and deeds, and things are going well, we probably won’t feel much of a need for God. But when we sense things are out of control it’s a different story and there’s a natural impulse to turn to our Maker with a cry for help. And when that happens, like the psalmist we often add a request to hurry up. “O Lord, do not delay!” What’s amazing in all of this is that God does respond! If we were in God’s shoes we’d probably take our time…or ignore the request. Fortunately, unlike us, God, who is full of mercy and steadfast love reaches out to give comfort and peace.

Thought for the Day: Why worship when I don’t need God?

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