Daily Devotional: Psalms 109:6-15
6 Appoint an evil man to oppose him; let an accuser stand at his right hand. 7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him. 8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. 9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. 10 May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes. 11 May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor. 12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. 13 May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation. 14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out. 15 May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
32 "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
When we face trials in life and things are not going our way, we must turn to God and allow him to have his way. The other day I read that “if we want God to open the door for us, we must let go of the knob.” Too often we say we want God to help us and we pray about our problems but we just keep on doing things our way and trying to fix everything ourselves. We must learn to wait on the Lord.
But waiting on the Lord can be one of the most difficult things we are called upon to do. It is a real test of our faith and our patience. While we are waiting on God to change things, he may be changing us. Nothing can mold us more into the image of Jesus than having to endure the suffering that we face in life.
One of the great lessons we learn while enduring and waiting is that we can help others by the experiences we have faced ourselves. Only by facing it ourselves can we really know what another is going through and how they feel. It gives us an understanding that is real. Remember that Jesus has been tempted in every way as we are and yet he did so without sin but trusted God. We can too.
Heavenly Father I am so thankful for your love and for your patience. Open my heart so your Spirit can work in me so I will develop greater love, more patience, stronger self-control and forgiveness toward others. Increase my faith so I will always trust you, even when I don’t see you at work. Help me see and use every opportunity you give to encourage others and to help them be faithful. Thank you for the many fellow Christians who help me every day. Please give your healing to those who are taking treatments for cancer. I pray in the name of Jesus.