Troubles in life are a constant part of our journey. We can count on having troubles as surely as we can count on night following day and day following night. No gets out of life with out experiencing problems. The problem is we are never quite sure how long they will last or how soon we can expect another bout. The great King David of Israel/Judah knew a great deal about having problems in life during the years he was on the run from Saul, the fallout of Bathsheba, and the failed coups. When he and his men were away in battle helping the Philistines, David and his men’s wives were captured by the Amalekites, wealth was stolen, and the town was torched. David could have caved into the pressure and blamed the Lord for the events instead, he turned his eyes to the Lord, sought guidance from Abiathar, and found strength in the Lord he served from his youth who had never failed him. Today, many of you are going through immense struggles in your homes, cities, states, and nations. I encourage you today to find strength in the One Lord who is above all lords and the G-d who is above all gods. His name is, “Jehovah who is present”, “Jehovah who provides”, “Jehovah our Peace”.
Readings: Psalms 119:89-96, Psalms 37:23-26, John 15:12-17, Mark 13:28-31
Famous Quote: “I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m already, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me – Dr. Seuss.
If your son Jesus and the great King David did not get out of life without troubled times, I have hope. More importantly, because they were able to overcome every obstacle, face every mountain that stood in their way, and yet found a way to bore through them, I am sure I can too. Thank you for the power of the cross that paid for the sins I have committed and the ones I haven’t yet committed. The reason the cross stands in the way between You and the troubles I am facing, the ones I have faced, and the ones I will face is that sin will never be a show-stopper from me entering Your rest. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock, and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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