Daily Devotions: January 17, 2017

Daily Devotions: January 17, 2017

Psalm 27:1, 4-5

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” vs. 1

Sometimes the world comes at us with a vengeance and there’s trouble and suffering on every hand. Stuff happens that we never anticipated and never dreamed possible. In those moments, faith in the Lord is an incomparable resource, a blessing more valuable than any credit card or retirement fund. That’s how the psalmist was feeling when this hymn of praise was composed. Through faith he knew there was nothing to fear. And it’s true! When we know that God is on our side we can handle every trial and deal with every adversity. Now that doesn’t mean we won’t feel pain. When we are hurting we’ll wail, gnash our teeth, and cry our eyes out! Having confidence in the Lord does not mean that we need to bury our feelings or make believe everything is fine when it isn’t. But for people of faith, there will be light in the darkness…and amazing strength–a strength that surprises and gives support we hadn’t expected. And day by day as we move through the despair we discover that smiles can return to our faces, and joy to our hearts. Of course not everyone has that kind of faith…and without it there is no foundation…no stronghold…and the fear can be overwhelming. We see that contrast between faith and no faith from time to time…and in those moments our gratitude for faith is amplified. There really is no greater blessing!

Thought for the Day: How has faith been a blessing for me?

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