"Facing Difficult Times"
May 21, 2010
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
The newspapers of a large city ran a story about a construction worksite tragedy. A number of workers died when the 14-story building they were working on suddenly collapsed. What a trauma this was for the men and their families.
As human beings, we know that life does not always end easily. Often death is messy, bringing with it unexpected issues, unresolved problems, and other complexities. As Christians, even though our days may present us with anguish and tears, we know God can console and strengthen our hearts whenever we go through trying times.
Maybe you are not going through a critical test in your life right now, but yet there is still something foiling your dreams or causing you upset. It may be your family is divided by a divorce or you are saddened because the people you love are moving far away from where you live.
This is simply life as we know it in this world. If you are going through a period of disappointment or persistent worry, recall that God's Word offers you comfort in the midst of your afflictions and problems. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
When life is rough, He is there -- guaranteed by His Word. The Savior Himself has said, "I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20b).
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help us see Your comfort and love when we are facing difficult times. Remind us that though the road seems uncertain and full of danger, You are with us always. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's devotion was based on a text submitted from Alexander Jesus Perez Leon, the director of Lutheran Hour Ministries' Venezuelan office. Established in 1953 in Caracas, LHM-Venezuela or Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones (CPTLN) meaning "Christ for All Nations," operates a radio and print ministry and utilizes the Internet to connect with others. Additionally, programs like Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC), Equipping the Saints (ETS), and Project JOEL connect people with the Gospel in this South American country.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.