Daily Devotional: Psalms 112:6-10
6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. 7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. 9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor. 10 The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Life is filled with interruptions. We make plans and things just don’t work out the way we thought they would. Some of these are very minor and some are what we consider major, critical or even catastrophic. They may range from a train in our way that makes us a few minutes late to an appointment that isn’t really even important to a traffic accident that leads to major injuries or death or other loss. We go to the doctor and learn we have some minor issue or we are told we have a fatal disease. At times we have friends who betray us or even family who turns against us and we are hurt deeply. Life has problems.
How are we to handle these? The answer is simple to understand but not always easy to apply. We trust God to be in control and to take care of us. Jesus injected “O you of little faith” when he was telling his disciples not to worry. He said the same thing when the boat was about to sink and the disciples were crying for help. Paul reasons and asks the rhetorical question that since God has given his Son for us, how will he not now do all things for us? So Paul declared that he could do all things through Christ Jesus who gave him strength. We can too!
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for your unfathomable wisdom and power, for your ability to know all things in my life and for your matchless love, your great mercy and your tender compassions. Give me greater faith to trust you in my daily life and to live for you. As I face problems, help me trust you with assurance, with joy and with peace. We live in a world of turmoil and strife but I know you are in control so I pray for our leaders and the leaders of other governments that we can live in peace. I pray in the name of Jesus my King and Lord.