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New Life daily devotion - May 23, 2011

  • 2011 May 23
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In Turbulent Times, God Protects
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
 and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
 When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
 nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 43:2-3 NKJV

As life here on earth unfolds, all of us encounter occasional disappointments and setbacks: Those occasional visits from Old Man Trouble are simply a fact of life, and none of us are exempt. When tough times arrive, we may be forced to rearrange our plans and our priorities. But even on our darkest days, we must remember that God’s love remains constant.

The fact that we encounter adversity is not nearly so important as the way we choose to deal with it. When tough times arrive, we have a clear choice: we can begin the difficult work of tackling our troubles . . . or not. When we summon the courage to look Old Man Trouble squarely in the eye, he usually blinks. But, if we refuse to address our problems, even the smallest annoyances have a way of growing into king-sized catastrophes.

As believers, we know that God loves us and that He will protect us. In times of hardship, He will comfort us; in times of sorrow, He will dry our tears. When we are troubled, weak, or sorrowful, God is always with us. We must build our lives on the rock that cannot be shaken: we must trust in God. And then, we must get on with the hard work of tackling our problems . . . because if we don’t, who will? Or should?

Troubles we bear trustfully can bring us a fresh vision of God and a new outlook on life, an outlook of peace and hope.
- Billy Graham

If things are tough, remember that every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there.
- Barbara Johnson

The sermon of your life in tough times ministers to people more powerfully than the most eloquent speaker.
- Bill Bright

Today’s Prayer

Lord, when I face the inevitable disappointments of life, give me perspective and faith. When I am discouraged, give me the strength to trust Your promises and follow Your will. Then, when I have done my best, Father, let me live with the assurance that You are firmly in control, and that Your love endures forever. Amen

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