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Monday, September 12, 2011
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"When Your World Falls Apart"
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope" (Lamentations 3:21).
Many of you have had situations in life when your world seemed to be falling apart. Actually there have been a few times it seemed as though my world was falling apart, but in retrospect the problem was really a matter of my faith and perspective. For those directly impacted by 9/11 or people who lost loved ones or all their material possessions in recent floods it would seem their world is truly falling apart.
Some of you reading this right now may be in the midst of a personal, earth shattering trial. For most it will not make the national news; the abandoned wife and children, the sober report from the doctor or the phone call, "There's been an accident…" We receive emails from our readers who share of such trials and we know of many through our various ministry roles.
Any brief perspective in this devotional might seem trite for those in the midst of such circumstances. In some cases the best ministry one on one is a silent presence, but since this is a written text I can’t approach this subject in that way.
But thank God for the enduring assurance and hope that is found in the Holy Scriptures. As I ponder what to share in this regard it occurs to me that it's the cumulative promises that will minister, although the Lord will often use one particular promise we especially personalize that enables us to keep on keeping on.
"This I call to mind and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning." The promises of God’s steadfast, unending love, and His inexhaustible mercies transformed Jeremiah’s despair into hope. Today, some 2,600 years later, it will do so for us also. We do well to reflect on the standing promises and immutable attributes of God. “His oath, His covenant, His grace support me in the whelming flood. When all around, my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay!”
It is in this context that Jeremiah declared, "Great is Thy faithfulness!" Today, may God give each reader the grace to declare, especially in the midst of the most trying times, past, present or future, "Great is Thy faithfulness." It will keep your world from falling apart.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we stand daily on the promises within Your Holy Word. Zephaniah reminds us that “Every morning You bring Your justice to light; You do not fail.” If we rely on ourselves, our abilities or our resources, we will utterly fail. Instead we look to You who faileth not, whose mercies are unending, and whose steadfast love never ceases. Our faith is strengthened and our hope is increased as we declare with the prophet Jeremiah, “Great is Your faithfulness!” Amen.
We visited with our Amish friends and they invited us to come down in their basement where Mom, Dad, and the two young children were in the process of making apple sauce. One of the noble characteristics of the Amish is teaching their children to work with joy and these kids sure were. They're using the Victoria Strainer which separates the pulp from the peel (a real time saver.)
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness" Video Selah
"Faithful God" Video Gateway Worship
"Sometimes I Cry" Video Jason Crabb
"Every Promise" Video Kristyn Getty
"The Soid Rock" Video Interface
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