Daily Devotional: Psalms 77:10-15
Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High." I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
"You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.
In all of our troubles in life, we can look back and see how God has been there for us and how he has taken care of us. We can re-count what God has done for us and then what he has done in the lives of our family and friends. We then turn to the pages of Scripture and read the many stories of his loving providence in the lives of those who love him and put their trust in him. God is our loving Father.
It is so easy for us to forget. We pray and ask him to help us. He sends aid and we ask for more. In the good times, we too often forget to thank him and praise him, but when things go badly, we immediately turn to him for help. Because of his great love, his tender mercy, his immense compassion, and his constant care for us, we tend to think that his purpose is in us. But that is reversed, we are here to honor him, we are here to trust him, we are here to serve him. He is God!
The devil wants to distract us from our service to Jesus. He will lead us into the wilderness and keep us until we are hungry and then offer us bread. But this food is not for our good. Jesus only does what is good for us. The more we serve him, the closer we get to him. Because sin came into the world, life will not always be easy and for sure, it will not always be fair. But in our faith, we can allow Jesus our Savior to use each trial to make us stronger and to draw us closer to him.
O Lord God, and Jesus my Savior, it is with humble heart that I come to you today and offer a prayer of thanksgiving. Thank you for this nation in which I live and for the many freedoms you have given to me. Thank you for all of those who gave their lives to make this possible but help me remember that you gave them the victories. Thank you that so many of our founding Fathers put their trust in you and your word. Give us leaders like this today so we can continue to enjoy our freedoms and we can live peaceable and quiet lives in Jesus Christ. Be with our veterans, many of whom face challenges daily. I pray in the name of Jesus.