I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)
We are living in troubled times. The economy is bad, unemployment is high, and people are hurting severely. Just this week I became aware of several attempted and completed suicides. Obviously people see no way out and little hope for change.
As Christians we do have the answer. Do you believe that? Not long ago I arrived at my speaking destination only to discover that my books had not arrived…a speaker without a book table is like someone sitting in a boat without a paddle in the middle of a lake. I sputtered, fumed, called my publisher and ranted and raved until I was exhausted. When I had let off enough steam, it dawned on me that I had done everything except PRAY! I often laughingly say, When all else fails, pray! So I prayed, “Dear Lord, I’m in a mess. I am hundreds of miles away from home. I am supposed to speak about my story tonight, but I have no books to sell…my book table will be empty. Please tell me what to do.” I heard the Lord speak very clearly in my mind, “You are my child. Now act like it!”
Now that message wasn’t hard to understand, was it? My instruction was I am a child of the King, and I needed to act like it; so I did, and I made it through the evening. People even signed up to order the books which were arriving the next day, and the staff of the sponsoring group arranged to deliver the books to those who had ordered them.
Today look around to see the goodness of the Lord. Write down what you see. Has He been faithful to you? Has He provided your needs? Take good notes. He is always faithful. Remember the ways He has answered your prayers. He doesn’t always answer according to our schedule, but He is always on time and never late.
DON’T LOSE HEART! BELIEVE! LOOK AROUND YOU AND PAY ATTENTION. YOU CAN SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD IN EVERY SITUATION.
Marilyn Willett Heavilin
Writer for “Real Victory for Real Life”
365 Devotional Thoughts in the Spirit of America’s Keswick
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