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Fri, Oct 27 2006 - 06:56 AM

God is Faithful

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Devotions for daily living by Chaplain Jacobs

God is Faithful

It is so easy for us to remember that God is faithful whenever things are going well.  If everything is fine in our lives, we assume that God is doing His job; He is taking care of us, watching out for us, and protecting us.  But the minute something goes wrong, we begin to wonder—“Where is God?”  “Has He left me?”  “Is He not paying attention?”  “Doesn’t He notice my pain?”

The answer to those questions is found in the 23rd Psalm:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The first few verses tell us of the rest and peace that God brings to us as He leads us to green pastures and still waters and then onto paths of righteousness (quiet, calm times in our lives when all is well).

But then all of a sudden the picture turns bleak as we walk through a dark valley (painful and sorrowful times), but God gives us hope by promising that He is with us and we do not need to be fearful.  Then the psalmist makes a very interesting statement:  “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.”  What does that mean?  First, let’s talk about our enemies.  Who or what is our enemy?—anyone or anything that hinders our relationship with God or makes us feel defeated.  A few of our “enemies” are discouragement, pain, bitterness, anger, fear—anything that is not in God’s perfect will for us.  There is a very real enemy of our soul, Satan, who likes to discourage us, cause us pain, or make us fearful.   I Peter 5:8 says that “the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”  But, praise be to God that He is bigger than all of our enemies!

Which brings us back to the table in the presence of our enemies that is mentioned in verse 5 of Psalm 23.  This verse tells us that while God may not always pull us out of a tough situation, He will be there with us in the middle of it.    God will provide strength and nourishment for us while we are still in the middle of our problem.  God promises in Hebrews 13:15 promises that “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

As we continue reading the end of Psalm 23, we see that strength and nourishment overflows out of our lives (into the lives of others), and we move out of the situation.  Then God promises to surround us with goodness and mercy for the rest of our lives until we arrive at His eternal home He is preparing for us.

If we can remember that even in those times when we cannot seem to feel or hear God in our hearts, we must stand on the truth of His Word and know that He is there, ever faithful to help us through any circumstance of life.

(c) 2006, by Chaplain Lynn Jacobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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