Devotional For The Week of 4/16/18- Always With You

(Psalm 34:19- The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.)

I’m always honest with people and tell them that just because you gave your life to Christ doesn’t mean everything starts being perfect. In the Bible is story after story of Christians who didn’t have a perfect life, but they did had God’s favor. For example, Daniel excelled as president and because of it, the other presidents and governors were jealous of him. They had him thrown into a lion’s den, but not a scratch was found on him. (Daniel 6:22- “My God has sent His angel,” he said, “to shut the lions’ mouths so that they can’t touch me, for I am innocent before God; nor, sir, have I wronged you.”) Peter was imprisoned and was going to be delivered to the Jews for execution, but an angel saved him. (Acts 12:7- when suddenly there was a light in the cell and an angel of the Lord stood beside Peter! The angel slapped him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists!) I love reading the Bible because it reassures you that even when you’re going through something devastating, God is right there with you. That’s why one of my favorite scriptures is (Isaiah 41:10- Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.) I saw this quote yesterday that said “Pain isn’t absent when you become a Christian. It just means that you will 100% have someone to hold your hand every time you go through something.” Ask God what He wants you to learn instead of being mad at Him when something bad happens. (Romans 5:3- We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient.) God uses problems and trials to teach us a lesson. (James 1:3- for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.) We’re not immune to suffering, (Romans 8:17-18- And since we are his children, we will share His treasures—for all God gives to His Son Jesus is now ours too. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later.) Think about the big picture, earth isn’t our home, heaven is and one day we’ll be there and won’t have to worry about suffering. I pray this encourages you and remember that God is always with you.