Daily Devotional: Psalms 71:9-13
9 Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone. 10 For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together. 11 They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.” 12 Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me. 13 May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace.
1 Peter 5:8-11
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
When we face trouble in our lives it does not mean we have done wrong. We see so many of God’s people who have suffered and continue to do so because they have done and are doing what is right. Peter tells us in this same context that it is an honor to be counted worthy of suffering for Christ. Satan will do all he can to make us give up on God or to doubt that God cares about us. He will use every device at his disposal to dishearten us so we will lose our faith in God.
We can be thankful and find peace in knowing that God has not forsaken us; not in our youth and not in our older years. Even as we age and many of our friends have gone from this life, we still have Christ as our friend and as our brother. He will be with us until we leave this earthly land and will hold our hand as we cross over to the land eternal. We can do all things through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God has revealed himself to us in the orderly nature of the universe and in all of the beauty and wonders of nature around us. If we open our eyes we can see him in the storms that rage as well as in the brisk morning frosts and in the beautifully painted skies of the sunset in the evenings. Our God is ever with us.
O God, my heavenly Father, I thank you for making yourself known in your word as well as in nature all around me. Thank you for the beauty of the autumn colors as I observe your plant life beginning to take a rest. I am thankful that you are always with me and are an ever present help in times of trial and hardships. There is so much I do not and cannot understand but it is such a peace of mind to know that you are always in control of all things. Help me be a better servant to you and to those around me. Use me in your will. I pray in the name of Jesus my Lord.