The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27
"What thought has been most comforting since the sudden death of your wife?" John replied, "When situations get intolerable, I picture Jesus, the Good Shepherd, carrying a helpless lamb. I know I am that lamb. I know Jesus will carry me." John is a responsible, capable man, but he recognized his need for help and where to get it. Eventually he was able to go on with his useful life, a stronger man for his sorrow.
God's children are not immune from the trials and troubles of the world. We are subject to many of the same griefs that plague all humankind. But we are sure that our loving heavenly Father, who through Christ rescued us from the eternal penalty of our sin, is also concerned about us as we face problems and tragedies.
We can talk over our fears and frustrations with our ever-present, always-listening Lord. His promises give comfort and courage. With the power of His Spirit within us, we can meet the challenges of life with strength and confidence.
The Lord wants us to stand on our own feet, to "stand firm." But we know that when our strength fails, He will carry us through.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we know that You will enable us to handle anything that happens to us. Though troubles surround us, with Your arms around us, we can carry on. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
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