Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotional: Psalms 6:6-10

Ps 6:6-10

I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping. The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.

James 5:15-18

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

Elijah was a prophet, a man of God. In fact, on the Mountain when Jesus was transfigured, Elijah is representative of all the prophets of old. But Elijah was a man just like us. He had ups and downs and he had his share of problems. He got depressed, and even asked God to let him die. For several years, he was a political and religious fugitive as King Ahab and his wicked wife sought to have him killed.

It is said that Jesus was tempted in all points, even as we are, yet without sin. We often think we are different. Our problems are different from others. The things we face in life are different. Yet we are told that Elijah and Jesus were exactly the same as us as far as trials, problems, and temptations, except that Jesus never sinned. They also were the same in that they trusted God enough to do his will.

The truth is that Noah was like us, along with Abraham, Joseph, Deborah, Ruth, David, and Daniel. All of these great people of faith were just that, they were people just like us; but they were men and women of faith. While we may not be thrown into a literal den of lions, we all face our lions, we all battle our giants, we all have a Potiphar’s wife in our lives. The choice is ours. Do we put our trust in God and follow his will for our lives or do we just give up and like Elijah, ask God to let us die? No matter what we face, we can trust God to deliver us!

O Lord, you know there have been times in my life that I just wanted to give up on living. I thank you that you have always removed my doubt and my fear and given me reasons to want to live and to serve you. Give me wisdom to always make the right decision when I face trails, temptations, and even depression. Use me to bring joy to others and to encourage those who are beaten down. Forgive me when I fail. Give them your peace and greater faith as you show them your reasons for them to keep going. Thank you for your love, in Jesus name.