Verse for Today: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Psalms 25:17 – The troubles of my heart are multiplied; free me from my anguish.
Inner troubles caused by situations and circumstances often shatter us and lead us into emotional and physical distress. Sometimes we encounter difficulties that we are unable to handle, especially when it comes from unexpected corners. When we are hated, rejected and deprived of our rights without a cause, we would not know how to respond to it. When those who are dear and near to us stand false or presumptuous witness against us, we would be dumbfounded. When we are opposed because of jealousy, competition and for filthy lucre, our heart is filled with deep anguish and we sometimes breakdown emotionally. We are filled with anxiety and fear as to how to get out of such troubled situations. It leads us to hopelessness, frustration, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, unkempt appearance, hypochondria and withdrawal. In such circumstances, we sometimes go to the extent of uttering nonspiritual statements of frustration and even curse our situations and past decisions. King David was going through such situations when he was chased around like a dog by his enemies who were far more powerful than him. He was friendless and was prey to deception. He ran around like a destitute. But he lifted up his heart to the Lord and put his trust in Him. He spread his case and his innocence before the Lord and pleaded for a release. The Lord answered him and restored his soul from desperation and anguish and restored his shattered emotions. Today the God of David is with us and He invites us to go to Him with our anguishes. He will wipe our tears, take away all our fears and anxieties and fill our hearts with hope and confidence.
Dear friend, are you going through anguish and anxiety because of the opposition that you face in life? Is your situation trying to trap you in agony and whispering in your ears that there is no hope for you? Are you becoming increasingly fearful to face your situation? Is your courage diminishing and your faith weakening day by day? But remember, your Lord is with you and He is at hand to listen to your heart-cry for a release. He comes to help and strengthen you. His Spirit will fortify you so that negative emotions will not overpower you. His hands will hold you tight to His love and comfort you as you go through distress and hopelessness. He is asking you today to hand your burdens over to Him so that He can carry it for you. He wants to lessen your load and take away the extra baggage of anxiety and phobia. His hands will wipe away your tears and will cuddle you like a baby. He will protect you as the apple of His eyes. When you are in His hands, no one will touch nor will any circumstance crush you. Your situation might look like an insurmountable hill, but you can climb it by faith as did Caleb. Your time will come for you to stand as a testimony to the faithfulness of God who takes you victoriously through the perils which try to eat you way. Your Lord will be your companion through the storms and the waves in the sea of life. If you pray and ask for a release, your Lord will answer you and will come to your rescue even at the fourth watch of the night. He will never leave you nor forsake you. His brightness will shine upon you to help you shine for Him as His true witness.
1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety upon (Jesus) because He cares for you.
Thought for Today
When we trust our Lord to absorb all our troubles and anguishes, He makes us live without fear and anxiety.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me today to hand all my troubles and anguishes over to You and rest in Your presence. Amen!
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