September 26, 2009
... He has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5b-6
Most of us have heard the expression: "Into each life some rain must fall." From what people tell me, that expression, "Into each life some rain must fall," is a great understatement.
In truth, sometimes it seems like the rain falling in our lives is a never-ending monsoon. All too often it seems as if our resources to cope and survive are being pushed to their limits.
If you've ever felt that way, you might want to remember the true story of a besieged Scottish castle. For months the enemy had camped outside the castle's walls. For months the inhabitants inside had been virtual prisoners.
The invaders concluded the castle's inhabitants must be nearing the point of starvation. Confidently, they sent in some messengers to demand the immediate and total surrender of the fortress. In reply, the people of the castle threw a great string of fresh fish over their wall.
A subterranean passage to the sea had been enabling them to obtain an endless supply of food.
And how does that apply to you and me?
It applies this way: if you feel surrounded by problems and hassles, it is my prayer you also realize Jesus is your source of support. Yes, it's a good thing to rely on friends and family. They can be excellent in providing support. Sadly, they have a tendency to move away or pass away.
The same kind of weakness applies to any one or any thing in which you may look for help.
The only real, ongoing, support this life can offer is the Savior. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. He has offered to hear our prayers, to walk by our side, and to help carry our burdens.
Now, I don't know who is going to besiege me today. You don't know either. But I do know there is no force this world can marshal which can starve me out. I have a source of support who will be there to help me through -- guaranteed.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, there is no question the world is dedicated to wearing me down. I am thankful that You will give me the courage to get past my enemies, and by Jesus' grace, bring me to the final victory. Now, while my race is being run, give me that which I need to be faithful to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries