Verse for Today: Sunday, April 17, 2011
Psalms 18:2 – The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge; He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Experience is the best teacher to help us learn great lessons to keep going in situations which are similar or tougher. We learn lessons in faith through tough situations. Our troubles and tribulations are great learning experiences designed by the Lord to teach us lessons which prove to us that the troubles in our lives are not to destroy us but to build us up. Every child of God goes through such experiences. Over and above the troubles, it is hard to face the enemy who comes to tell us that had God loved us, we would not have experienced such difficulties. Some fall into this trap of the enemy and plunge into despair and depression and thus ruin their lives. But it is at such times of physical and emotional attacks by the enemy that we need to stand up to our convictions that the Lord would never leave us nor forsake us. Even when we go through the dark valleys of life, the Lord would be with us as He has done in the past. This is why Jesus Christ is the same in the past, present and the future. His compassion and concern for us is the same irrespective of time, situations and intensity of trouble. He is the Lord of all times, and above all times and all situations. He controls all the elements in this universe and so all troubles constituting any of the elements also come under His purview. His hands are on the thermostat of all that we go through and will control the heat to make it a learning experience for us and not a burning experience. This would make us praise Him along with David before, during and after the troubles that we face.
Dear friend, is your burden heavy today? Are you carrying it all alone? Is your situation beyond your capacity to handle? Is the pain increasing day by day and becoming unbearable? Your Lord who has gone through the most intense pain for you at Gethsemane and Golgotha is with you as you go through intense testing and struggle. There were times when all who observed David thought he would never come out of his troubles and become king of Israel. No one thought that he would have the capacity to overcome the struggles that he was faced with. There was practically no scope for hope because all his enemies were far superior to him in strength and tactics. He was an untrained warrior for God whereas his enemies were trained and experienced soldiers of the world. But David trusted in God who was his rock, fortress, deliverer, refuge, shield, stronghold and horn of salvation. As he progressed from one struggle to another, His Lord proved to him that He was the most trustworthy bulwark for Him who never changes when all around David changed. In the most hopeless situations, the Lord met with David and gave him divine protection. The invisible God was with David in all circumstances and gave him victory. God’s glorious attributes worked as the most impenetrable firewall around David. From hopelessness, David emerged as the hope of Israel. God proved to David that His mercy and lovingkindness would never depart from him even if the whole world forsakes him. This God is our Lord who is with us today and all the days of our lives and He will be our shield and deliverer in all our troubles. He is asking us today to learn from David a great lesson to trust Him.
Psalms 48:14 – For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.
Thought for Today
The invisible God demonstrates His attributes for His children as an impenetrable firewall around them.
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